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Cochiti Lake Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"Cochiti Lake, about halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, offers camping, fishing, swimming, and picnicking—plus some great roads to get in a relatively flat ride. The lake is located at the foot of the Jemez Mountains along the Rio Grande and is surrounded by high-desert mesas. Most of the immediate landscape is open plains with scrub vegetation and grasses. You will notice the lush green ribbon of cottonwoods lining the Rio Grande. Stunning views include several mountain ranges—the Jemez, Sangre de Cristos, and northern edge of the Sandias. It’s best to ride in the fall or winter because spring is windy and summer is pretty hot. (Of course you can always go for a swim after your ride.) Mountain breezes generate good conditions on Cochiti Lake for sailing and windsurfing. Riding early in the day is always a good idea. Terrain: Not a mountainous ride. Fairly flat riding with a couple gradual 1-mile climbs."
--Nicole Blouin, Road Biking New Mexico (Falcon Guides).
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