Galisteo Dam

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Galisteo Dam
Galisteo Dam, Santa Fe County NM.jpg
Galisteo Dam
Galisteo Dam is located in New Mexico
Galisteo Dam
Location of Galisteo Dam
Country United States
Location Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°27′50″N 106°12′33″W / 35.463816°N 106.20917°W / 35.463816; -106.20917Coordinates: 35°27′50″N 106°12′33″W / 35.463816°N 106.20917°W / 35.463816; -106.20917
Purpose Flood control
Opening date 1970
Owner(s) United States Army Corps of Engineers
Dam and spillways
Height 164 feet (50 m)
Length 2,820 feet (860 m)
Total capacity 152,600 acre-feet

Galisteo Dam (National ID # NM00002) is a dam in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

The earthen dam was constructed in 1970 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with a height of 164 feet and 2820 feet long at its crest.[1] Built solely for flood control and sediment impoundment on Galisteo Creek, with its "long history of violent floods",[2] the main line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad was relocated to accommodate the project.[3] The dam is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.

The reservoir it creates, Galisteo Reservoir, is ordinarily dry. Its maximum capacity is 152,600 acre-feet.[1] No water recreation is available. Although the approximately five-acre site is open to the public for day use, the site is surrounded by private lands and lands of the Kewa Pueblo.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Galisteo Dam". Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Mexico - State Parks Division". April 1, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Waldo to Rosario". Abandoned Rails. November 23, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Galisteo Dam Day Use Recreation Area". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved September 27, 2013.