Cochiti Lake is located within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation, on the Rio Grande River about half way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Cochiti Dam is one of the ten largest earth-fill dams in the US. The Cochiti Swim Beach Day Use Area is a fee area and display of day use pass is strictly enforced, please take time to ensure that the day use pass is displayed clearly and properly. This Day Use Area is open to the public for swimming, picnicing, and general activities. No fishing is allowed from the beach shoreline. No pets are allowed on the beach (service animals are exempt). Please take time to ensure you follow all Pueblo regulations, and do not trespass on lands closed to public access
Starting Thursday July 01, 2021 day use reservations will no longer be required to enter the Cochiti Lake Project. Day use fees may be paid online, or on site. Day use passes and/or hang tags must be displayed on vehicle dash board while in day use fee areas.
One day use pass per vehicle must be clearly and properly displayed while in day use fee area.
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Mountain Time
Absolutely NO pets are allowed at the Swim Beach Day Use Area with the exception of service animals. Failure to observe this posted restriction may result in a citation as per Title 36 CFR Section 327.11 (a): Animals and pets, except properly trained animals assisting those with disabilities (such as seeing-eye dogs), are prohibited in sanitary facilities, playgrounds, swimming beaches and any other areas so designated by the District Commander.
Cochiti Lake is a NO ALCOHOL lake. As per Title 36 CFR Section 327.12 (e): The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on any portion of the project land or waters, or the entire project, may be prohibited when designated by the District Commander.
Annual and Lifetime passes are accepted as your reservation ticket fee. See Fees and Cancellation section for valid entrance passes.
Please check here (https://www.spa.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/Updates/) for more details regarding the status of the lake.
You may exit and re-enter the Day Use area only for the date on your reservation ticket.