Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico (near Cochiti), is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed site that was established as a U.S. National Monument by President Bill Clinton in January 2001 shortly before leaving office. Kasha-Katuwe means "white cliffs" in the Pueblo language Keresan. The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks, and vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet. The monument is open for day use only and may be closed by order of the Cochiti Pueblo Tribal Governor. A 1.2 mile (1.9 km) recreation trail leads up through a slot canyon to a lookout point where the tent rocks may be viewed from above. A 1.3 mile (2 km) loop trail leads past their base. The park is located on the Pajarito Plateau between 5700 and 6400 feet (1737–1951 m) above sea level. The monument is closed to dogs.
One of the most beautiful slot canyons we have been in. Make sure you take the slot canyon route and not the "easy loop." Both are very easy hikes, but the canyon route has SPECTACULAR canyon views. We really enjoyed our time here. My only complaint is that there is no water available at the trail head - make sure you fill up before you come.
The Summit trail is worth the time, and includes an awesome slot canyon!
This place was so amazing. Well worth the side trip!!
What an incredible/magical place! Make sure to do the Canyon Trail. The view is well worth the hard hike up. We saw a ton of kids there today, which was surprising. We arrived around 10:30 am...which was not ideal. Go early to beat the heat. I've never sweat so much. We drank through 3 liters of water in two hours. As we left we experienced the craziest hail storm. Glad we made it off the trail right before that happened, because the hail was the size of quarters. I am so happy we found this place! It's truly a gem.
Beautiful place, something to see every step of the way. Once you reach the top the view is amazing! A must!
Make sure to get here EARLY!!! It will fill up by 9-9:30am and it could be 90 or more minutes before you can get in. Very interesting rock formations created by volcanic activity long ago. Two trails, one that takes you to the cave and the other takes you up the slot canyon. Both are ~1.5 miles, the cave trail is easy and the canyon trail only gets a bit more moderate near the top with incline switchbacks. Please note the Overlook was closed while we were here due to government bureaucracy by not being able to get a rope for the flag pole. Gotta love it. Also, do NOT stop anywhere outside of the park or you will get warned to move along and not take photos or videos and threatened with a $500 fine and vehicle confiscation. Tribal sacred land of course.
Beautiful hike that's worth every step. Weave through the slot canyons and up the trail to the summit which rewards you with the most incredible view of the tent rocks below.
Really unique place. Incredible hike on the canyon trail! DO IT
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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