Cochiti Lake Rec Area
Forest Service / BLM
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 77
About: Cochiti Dam is the 11th largest earth-filled dam in the world. Cochiti Lake derives its name from the Indian Pueblo on whose land the project is located. Cochiti has many opportunities for both wildlife viewing and recreation. Four osprey nesting platforms have recently been erected around the lake to provide nesting sites, as well as viewing opportunities. A favorite water activity at Cochiti Lake is wind surfing. This is a no-wake lake.
Juniper Campground (aka Loop A) is comprised of nine acres. Facilities in this campground include 34 individual campsites, each with an electric hook-up, a concrete table, and a grill. Seven sites currently have shade shelters. Water spigots are located throughout the campground. The entrance road is paved. This campground has one sanitary dump station and 2 large water borne restrooms, one with showers.
Chamisa Campground (aka Loop B): A paved road extends throughout this area. There are 21 camping spaces, each with a shelter, concrete table and grill. There are no electric hook-ups. Water spigots are scattered throughout the loop. Vault toilets are located within the loop and the water borne restroom/shower building is just up the hill from the loop.
Apache Plume Campground (aka Loop C): This section of the Cochiti recreation area is normally closed. It is used as a group camp or overflow camping. A shelter with eight tables is used by large picnic groups on a reservation system. This area has 22 campsites, each with a shelter, concrete table, and grill. The access road to this loop is paved and there are 3 roadside water spigots. There are no restroom facilities in this campground; campers use the facilities in the adjacent campgrounds. None of the campsites have water or sewer hook-ups.
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