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part ofCochiti Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Thu Oct 15 2015   Season Dates


Tetilla Peak Recreation Area is located in Sandoval County, New Mexico, within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation.

The lake offers two public recreation areas: Cochiti on the west side of the lake and Tetilla Peak on the east side. Both sides offer spectacular scenic views of the water and surrounding mountains.

The Cochiti Dam is one of the ten largest earth-fill dams in the United States, and also one of the largest in the world. The lake derives its name from the Indian Pueblo on the Cochiti Reservation.

Natural Features:

Cochiti Lake is in a high desert environment, and the dominant vegetation is desert scrubland.

There are many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Four osprey nesting platforms have been erected around the lake to provide nesting sites, as well as viewing opportunities. On the east side of the lake, deer, coyote and rabbit are often sighted.


Wind surfing is a favorite pastime for visitors. The lake is also a popular fishing spot for species such as bass, crappie, walleye, catfish, sunfish and trout.

Tetilla Peak Recreation Area has a swim beach and playground for the convenience of families with children.


The campground consists of two loops. Cholla Loop includes 36 individual campsites, each with an electric hookup, table and grill. All electric campsites have shelters, and water spigots are located throughout the campground. This loop also provides a dump station and large restroom and shower building.

A partially paved road winds through Coyote Loop, which has 10 sites, each with a table and grill. There are no electric hookups, and water spigots are scattered throughout the loop. The restroom and shower building is centrally located for easy access.

The Tetilla boat ramp area offers a parking area and courtesy dock.

Nearby Attractions:

Cochiti Lake is five miles from Tent Rocks National Monument, which has fascinating geological formations.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
Within 10 Miles
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • The campground does not meet accessibility standards
  • This is a no-wake lake
  • Check-in is between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • All camping units or vehicles must be registered
  • A campground attendant is on duty
  • No cutting of trees, dead or alive, is allowed
  • Ground fires are not permitted
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.64722, -106.30444
35°38'50"N, 106°18'16"W

From Albuquerque, New Mexico, take I-25 north to exit 264. Travel west on State Road 16 to the Tetilla Peak Recreation Area/La Bajada Village turnoff and follow the paved road into the recreation area.

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Information:  (505)465-0307
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