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.
Beginning on Monday January 4th, 2021 day use reservations will be required to enter all areas of the Cochiti Lake Project seven days a week until further notice.
Cochiti Picnic Day Use Area will implement a reservation ticket system to meet CDC, and state and local guidance related to COVID-19. A limited amount of tickets are available for advanced reservations; tickets cannot be purchased on-site. Cochiti Picnic Day Use Area is open to the public for picnicking, hiking, and gatherings. Social distancing and COVID safe practices must be followed to ensure a safe and enjoyable time while at the lake. Each private vehicle entering the day use area will need a reservation ticket. Only one day use reservation is required for the vehicle with a maximum of four (4) passengers per vehicle. You can check the status of the lake by visiting our website for more details. Please take time to ensure you follow all Pueblo regulations, and do not trespass on lands closed to public access.
Annual and Lifetime passes are accepted as your reservation ticket fee. See Fees and Cancellation section for valid entrance passes.
One reservation per private vehicle with a limit of 4 passengers per vehicle – reservation holder must be in the vehicle at time of entry
7:30 AM – 7:30 PM Mountain Time
You may exit and re-enter the Day Use area only for the date on your reservation ticket.
Please check here (https://www.spa.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/Updates/) for more details regarding the status of the lake.
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.