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Sandhill cranes flying over the dam. Taken by Paul Johnson and used by his permission.
Notice the bosque trees changing color and the birds in the water of the bosque, The bosque is the name for the trees along the banks and in the flood plains of the Rio Grande.
A few of the hundreds of "tent rocks" seen from the trails at nearby Katcha Katuwe National Monument.
Red sunset over the Jemez mountains
Winter snow in the Jemez Mountains to the west of Cochiti Lake.
16th Hole at the Cochiti Golf Club
Nearby Cochiti Lake Recreation Area has hundreds of picnic tables and campsites as well as fishing, boating, and swimming.
Escarpment on Dome Road
The Pueblo de Cochiti gold course is a respected course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Welcome sign as one drives past the dam and up into the Town of Cochiti Lake.
Overhead shot of the 5 mile long Cochiti Dam forming Cochiti Lake on the Rio Grande river.
The nearby Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is always fun. Many go up on the dam road to see the mass ascension.
Cochiti Lake is a no-wake lake so lots of sailboats, kayaks, canoes and fishing boats are seen.
Cochiti Lake at sunset.
The golf course has great mountain and canyon views.
The Cochiti Golf Course has a lovely clubhouse with a restaurant and pro shop.
A double rainbow over the Jemez mountains.
According to Wikipedia, the Cochiti Dam is the 23rd largest dam in the world and one of the ten largest earthen dams in the United States. Cochiti dam was a US Army Corps of Engineers project for flood and sediment control on the Rio Grande.
A beautiful church in nearby Pena Blanca.
Assembly members (Valley, Guy, Plaza, Stansell, Riker) in front of Big Red, the latest fire truck addition.
Looking back at the Town of Cochiti Lake and the historic Horn Mesa from the Dome Road.
The town is on Cochiti Reservation land. The Pueblo de Cochiti is nearby and is a wonderful place to visit.
The Rio Grand river flows into the Cochiti Lake.
Tom Kauley took this winter photograph of our local buffalo. They are frequently in one of the Rio Grande bosque pastures.
The cottonwoods in the Rio Grande bosque are particularly beautiful in the fall. Notice the rainbow as well.
Osprey on one of the four nesting platforms around the lake.