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Exploring Highway 22 | Cochiti Highway

Highway 22 and the Cochiti Highway, are located southwest of Santa Fe. They extend through the Cochiti Pueblo as well as the Santa Fe National and offer several destinations that add up to a great day of exploration.

How to get there

From Santa Fe, drive south on I-25.

Take exit 264 west toward the Jemez Mountains and Cochiti Pueblo on New Mexico State Road 16.

Turn north onto Hwy 22.

Kasha Katuwe

Formerly know as Tent Rocks, Kasha Katuwe is a National Monument located on the Cochiti Pueblo and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Here you will hike through a slot canyon and explore unusual hoodoo pillars made of pumice created by volcanic activity and shaped by water and wind. If you make it to the top of the ridge, you will be rewarded with amazing views. Plan on about three hours. NO DOGS ALLOWED. Entrance fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

Cochiti Lake

The Cochiti Dam along the Rio Grande River was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers to produce Cochiti Lake for flood control and recreation. The recreation area includes two public areas: Cochiti on the west side of the lake and Tetilla Peak on the east side. Recreation includes sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, and fishing. There is a swim beach and playground. Facilities include campgrounds and campsites, many with water and electric hookups, as well as a large boat ramp, trails, visitors center, and picnic areas.

Cochiti Golf Course

The Cochiti Golf Course is a public 18 hole course located north of Cochiti Lake. It is ranked as one of the best golf courses in New Mexico. It is owned and operated by the Cochiti Pueblo.

Dome Wilderness

The Dome WIlderness is located in the Santa Fe National Forest and borders Bandelier National Monument on the west, Spanning over his 5,000 acres, this terrain includes amazing high desert mountains and deep canyons that lead to the Rio Grande River. The trailhead is located on Forest Service Road 289 north of the Cochiti Golf Club.

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