Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is one of the more unknown National Monuments in the U.S. The cone-shaped “tent rocks” are the result of erosion following a volcanic explosion millions of years ago, making for some weird and peculiar hoodoo formations.
Distance: 3 miles round trip
Elevation: gain 570 ft
Time: 1 hour one way
Trail Condition: sand/rock
Dog Friendly: no
Resrooms: at trailhead
Entrance Fee: $5 parking fee
(subject to change)
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Albuquerque, take I-25 north for 32 miles and exit onto NM 22 at Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Exit 259). Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Turn right off NM 22 at the pueblo water tower onto Tribal Route 92, which connects to Forest Service Road 266. Travel 5 miles on a gravel road to the national monument’s designated parking/picnic area, and trailhead.
From Santa Fe, take I-25 south for 17 miles then Take exit 264 for NM-16 toward Cochiti/Pueblo. Turn left onto NM 22 heading north and follow the signs on to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Turn right off NM 22 at the pueblo water tower onto Tribal Route 92, which connects to Forest Service Road 266. Travel 5 miles on a gravel road to the national monument’s parking area.
CAMPING INFO: The closest campground is at Cochiti Lake Recreation Area, located around 23 miles east of the monument.
HOSTELS IN THE AREA: There are a couple hostels in the area, the closest is the Santa Fe International Hostel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the other is the Route 66 hostel in Albaquerque, the dorms cost $20 and $25 respectively.
Views along the Cave Loop Trail
There are two hiking trails – The Cave Loop trail, which is 1.2 miles long and will take you near the base of the tent rocks and the other is the Slot Canyon trail which is a 3 mile out and back trail lined with hoodos and striated rock formations. The Slot canyon trail ends atop a mesa top overlooking the Tent Rocks and surrounding valley.
Get an early start: In the summer the temperatures here have been known to reach 100° F, so start your hike early and bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.
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