For the past week we have stayed at an Army Corps of Engineers Campground called Cochiti Recreational Area. We use the Army Corps of Engineers web page, and they have a CD, that contains all the campsites they operate as a resource for places to stay. Almost without exception these campgrounds are well-maintained, clean, and with the National Forest Service access pass they are half price. That means we spent the last seven days staying somewhere that had beautiful views, hot showers, and a staff that was more than courteous for $6 a night, or $42 a week. Now I ask you where can you live for $42 a week, that includes water (hot water) I might add? My old mortgage of $1200/mo. equals a weekly rate of $279/week just for the shelter, all the utilities were extra!
Originally, we had thought we would stay, oh I don’t know, three maybe four days. But we, kept extending our stay night by night. The campsite was just that that good! Did I mention the views?
Let’s talk about being self-contained so that you can boondock, and the benefits that brings you. The camping loop we were in had 15 campsites, and for the 7 days we were there we only had about three neighbors that were spread out across those 15 sites. However, the other loops where there were electric hookups and water were a different story. Those loops they were packed in and nearly every site taken so the neighbors were right in each other’s elbows. Being self-contained and able to truly “boondock” allowed us some space and privacy.
This area is rich with history and it takes only a few minutes to reach many historic places. Historic Route 66 is only minutes away from this camp. If the city lights still attract you then Albuquerque is less than an hour away. This is truly a great place to stay and see all the surrounding New Mexico sights. Did I mention Tent Rock, it’s on the way into this campground?
There’s an observation post at the top of one of the hills overlooking the lake providing a wonderful view. You can drive up to the walkway or, if your adventurous there’s a trail that leads up from the other side. Riding the bike down from there on the roadway is an exciting ride.
This has been a quick post just let everyone know where we’ve been the last week. We will be posting more from this beautiful location. We’re visiting with some friends so our time on line is going to be limited for the next few days. Until then…