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Posts Tagged ‘Albuquerque New Mexico beach’

Walking in Our Winter Wonderland

Posted by Jody on January 1, 2013

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Here’s how Greg and I celebrated the last day of 2012 at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque, New Mexico…

It was our second dusting of snow this season!  -Click on any photo to enlarge and scroll through.

~~~Happy 2013 to one and all!~~~

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The Best Staycation Ever at Cochiti Lake!

Posted by alainaflute on July 23, 2012

Cochiti Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Boy, it feels great to hit the beach!

Happy Feet (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Yesterday was my very first trip to the beach at Cochiti Lake, located less than an hour’s drive north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’d never been before, and I’m not sure why! Granted, I’m not the biggest fan of lake swimming,  but there was much more to enjoy. In the water, families were swimming, rafting, and sailing. On the sand, others were sunning, picnicking, and making sandcastles. There is even a volleyball net nearby.

Makeshift sailing on Cochiti Lake (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

If you go, be sure to bring your hat/sunglasses/sunscreen combo (the New Mexican sun can be very intense). Many people brought their own shade to set up on the beach- but it was a windy day, and umbrellas and canopies were flying everywhere! Just bring something you can tack down. Also, the lake has a rocky, uneven bottom. Although we were fine barefoot, you might be more comfortable in Aqua Socks or some other water-friendly shoe. Last but not least, be sure to bring plenty of your own water and hand sanitizer (the restrooms are pit toilets with no running water).

Off to play in the sand! (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

A day at Cochiti Lake will put the spring back in your step!


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When Tingley Beach Was Really a Beach (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Posted by E.G.D. on November 21, 2011

Tingley Beach, as it looks today (© Jody Diehl)

Back in the early days of this website, Jody did a very  nice article on New Mexico’s beaches.  In this article, she said “don’t be fooled!  [Tingley Beach] isn’t a ‘beach’ at all,” but it was a beach until 1951, when it was closed due to “bacteria and the fear of contracting polio.”  On a recent trip to Las Vegas, NV, Jody and I caught up with a very lovely and lively woman who was once Tingley Beach‘s only female lifeguard!  Her name is Janet, and she was one of four lifeguards working at Tingley Beach in its final years as a swimming beach.

Janet DuBois in 1950 at Tingley Beach (photo taken by Janet’s sister)

According to Janet, in her day the water at Tingley Beach was 12+ feet deep, and “it was the ‘in’ place!”  It had two anchored rafts, and “the tower, on the island with the diving board.”  She says the lifeguards “used to flip coins to see who would get the island.  That was where the shade was!”

To become a lifeguard, Janet says she “took a course at the YMCA, from the Red Cross,” and it apparently served her well.  She told us that “one time, this man was pulled in, and I was so proud of myself.  In the water you’re weightless!  A little five-foot person could pull in a 200 lb man.”  Aside from that one incident, though, she says there really was very little “saving” necessary on the part of the lifeguards.

Janet, who knew that we were interested in her times at Tingley Beach from previous visits and conversations, very kindly had a whole folder of old photographs compiled and ready to hand to us when we visited with her earlier this month.  Most of the photographs were from the Albuquerque Museum Archive’s Flickr page, so you can see them, too, if you follow the link!  In the images, the place is a truly lively beach park, and in one photograph, a sign reads “Swimming in Albuquerque’s Bathing Beach… Inspected daily by health dept.  Boats-Canoes-Beach Chairs-Umbrellas.”  Sounds like a fun and safe way to spend a hot summer day in Albuquerque to me!  It’s really too bad that since they re-opened Tingley Beach in the twenty-first century, the water is exclusively for fishing and pedal boating.  In happy news, though, Tingley Beach  is still a lovely place for a beachy picnic, and as of November 1st of this year, there are grills in the picnic area that are open for public grilling.

To close, I would like to share with you a picture of our featured lifeguard, then and now:

Janet in 2011 displaying Janet in 1950 (© Jody Diehl)

Her hair style has barely changed at all, and her smile is just as pretty!  Happy beachgoing and beach-nostalgia memories to all- E.G.D.

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Enchanting Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

Posted by Jody on October 21, 2011

Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Photo by EGD)

When you’ve been in New Mexico for 20+ years, it seems easy to take for granted that you live in “The Land of Enchantment.” Sometimes even we  need to get out and re-explore the back roads to remind ourselves of the beauty that is New Mexico! The Cochiti Lake Recreation Area is just that type of reminder.

An easy 45 minute drive north of Albuquerque, New Mexico lies the idyllic Cochiti Lake Recreation Area.  Here you’ll find the serene no-wake Cochiti Lake, picnic shelters galore, overnight camping, and a lovely, well maintained swimming beach.  In fact, the entire recreation area is wonderfully managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Beach at Cochiti Lake, New Mexico (©Jody Diehl)

“Numbers grow each weekend at what may be the nicest beach in the State of New Mexico. Visitors bring pop-up shelters, gas barbeque grills and chairs and spend most of the day having fun at Cochiti Lake. The Cochiti Lake staff has been working to make the beach larger, constructing more shelters and providing more parking areas to make everyone welcome.” (USACE) With the prevalence of New Mexico breezes, sailboarding and sailing are popular activities on Cochiti Lake.

Scenic Drive to Cochiti Lake, New Mexico (©Jody Diehl)

Cochiti Lake was formed by the building of Cochiti Dam, the eleventh largest earth-filled dam in the world. Construction of the dam began in 1965 and took a decade to complete at a cost of $94.4 million. The Cochiti Dam stretches 5.5 miles and rises 251 feet to impound the waters of the Rio Grande (the fifth longest river in North America) and the Santa Fe River.

We really enjoy the scenic drive to the Cochiti Lake Recreation Area.  There is enough water in the area to make for some beautiful New Mexico style foliage, and everything you see is framed by rugged mountains and hills.  There are also several delightfully friendly communities with lovely, well-kept houses and farms, and the locals are almost guaranteed to wave to you as you drive through!  It’s customary to wave a friendly “howdy” back.

Directions: From Santa Fe, south on I-25 to exit 264, west on Highway 16 and north on Cochiti Highway (Hwy 22). From Albuquerque, north on I-25 to exit 259, northwest on Highway 22.

Have a great day at the beach! (Wherever you are!)

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New Mexico’s Beaches: Desert Gems

Posted by Jody on July 25, 2011

Believe it or not, we really do have some wonderful recreational beaches in New Mexico! These are just a few of the cool choices you’ll have when you visit us here in the desert!

*Bottomless Lakes State Park*

If you take the 15 mile scenic drive from Roswell,  New Mexico, to Bottomless Lakes State Park, you’ll be very glad you did!  Surrounded by beautiful, high red bluffs, this area was set aside in 1933 as New Mexico’s first state park.  This park is truly one of New Mexico’s best natural treasures.

There are actually seven lakes located within the boundaries of this 1400 acre of the park.   The lakes range in depth from 17 ft. to 90 ft. Lea Lake, the deepest of the lakes at 90 feet, is the only one of the Bottomless Lakes where swimming is allowed.  Lea Lake is spring fed, and the water is cool and crystal clear. It’s no surprise that this lake has also become quite popular with the scuba crowd, due to the clarity of the water.  During the summer months, pedal boats and paddle boards can be rented for a fee. (But you can always build a sandcastle for no extra charge.) This New Mexico swimming beach is well maintained, and life guards are on duty in the summer.

Click here for the Bottomless Lakes State Park brochure.

*Lake Carlsbad Beach Park*

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert along the beautiful Pecos River lies the “Pearl on the Pecos”: the friendly City of Carlsbad, New Mexico.  And in the heart of this desert city you’ll find Lake Carlsbad Beach Park. Some might consider this 1000 ft. stretch of beach less than a “treasure,” but believe me, after a day of exploring in the scorching New Mexico sun, you’ll be happy to settle in under the shady trees of Lake Carlsbad Beach Park and enjoy the cool waters of this little swimming beach, located within the 125.6 acres of The Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area! The swim area is open to the public from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, when lifeguards are on duty from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Here’s the link to Lake Carlsbad Beach Park.

*Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, New Mexico*

Tingley Beach, as it looks today (© Jody Diehl)

Don’t be fooled!  This isn’t a “beach” at all. It’s really a series of small ponds. Although this is a lovely family recreation area, this New Mexico beach has been closed to swimmers since the 1950’s.  Tingley Beach, part of the Albuquerque BioPark system, was built by diverting water from the Rio Grande in the 1930’s.  A major reconstruction of Tingley Beach began over a decade ago, and The Albuquerque BioPark was presented the  “2008 North American Conservation Award” by the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the Tingley Beach Restoration Project.  Click here if you’d like to find out more about Tingley Beach.

Happy Treasure Beach Hunting in the Land of Enchantment!

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