We had an amazing time in Flagstaff but were ready to continue on our journey and explore Santa Fe, New Mexico. We stayed at Cochiti Lake Campground, which is a COE, about 30 minutes outside the city.
On the weekend, the campground was roughly about half full, with the exception of the people right across from us. One of the things we immediately loved about this campsite was that the sites were spacious and our closest neighbors were pretty far away. During the week, the place cleared out and we were left with maybe a handful of other RVs in our loop.
Right in the campground, you have access to the Rio Grande River, which runs into a dam, creating Cochiti Lake. Aaron attempted to get out on the lake with our blow up kayak, and while he was successful in getting into the water, the wind was blowing so hard it was difficult to get any real enjoyment out of it.
The nights were very peaceful and quiet and did not have a lot of noise. There was a little bit of light pollution and we did get to see some stars, but not as well as we got to see them in Big Bend.
There’s not much to do in the immediate area outside of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which is a definite must-see. However, for the price, the peace and quiet, and the easy access to both Santa Fe and Albuquerque make this a nice retreat and we would recommend a stay here.
Name: Cochiti Lake, New Mexico
Location: 35.64167, -106.325, Cochiti Lake, NM
Campground Notes: All of the campsites are paved and generally pretty level, but we lucked out and had a double-wide spot with a view of the lake. Most of the outer sites in the Juniper loop do not have water and none of the sites have sewer connections.
Dog-friendly: Yes, there are no specific dog runs, but they are allowed pretty much anywhere.
Rates: $140 / week
Verizon: Our connection was incredible and was our primary source of internet. 111 ping, 15.11 Mbps download, 21.79 Mbps upload
TMobile: Our connection was great, but our Verizon connection was more stable. 52 ping, 9.01 Mbps download, 3.98 Mbps upload
Camp wifi: None