Cochiti Lake Ramble

Pena Blanca, New Mexico 87041

Cochiti Lake Ramble

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."

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The scenery is gorgeous, but the shoulder conditions are not very good. Furthermore, bikes are prohibited on that stretch of I-25, so be forewarned.
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An absolutely gorgeous ride. Not a huge fan of riding on the shoulder of I-25, but it is what it is. One suggestion I would make is on the return trip on highway 16, you pass a road for the Cochiti Dam Overlook, which is about 5.2 miles and takes you back to the starting point and is an INCREDIBLE view on all sides. Will definitely do this again. Make sure you take the dam road (its closed for cars November-March) and is so serene and spectacular.

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Trail Information

Pena Blanca
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,550 feet
Top Elevation
DeLorme New Mexico Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Tetilla Peak, Santa Domingo Pueblo, Cohiti Dam, and San Felipe Pueblo NE
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Sep 2018