Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Slot Canyon Trail

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Slot Canyon Trail in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument o?ers hikers a great introduction to slot canyon hiking. The slot only lasts 0.4 mile but gives “?rsttimers” a feel for the tight space they will encounter should they decide to tackle a longer slot canyon hike one day. The 2.8-mile hike includes a strenuous climb to a beautiful view of the Jemez Mountains and the Dome Wilderness. Environmental protection concerns and the fact that the park houses a National Recreation Trail were just two reasons why park managers pushed to have the land designated as a national monument. Partnerships and the efforts of the Pueblo de Cochiti, University of New Mexico, Sandoval County, and the BLM have provided the area with facility maintenance, educational opportunities, research development, and much more. It is estimated that people began to inhabit this area nearly 4,000 years ago.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

The Slot Canyon Trail in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument o?ers hikers a great introduction to slot canyon hiking. The slot only lasts 0.4 mile but gives “?rsttimers” a feel for the tight space they will encounter should they decide to tackle a longer slot canyon hike one day. The 2.8-mile hike includes a strenuous climb to a beautiful view of the Jemez Mountains and the Dome Wilderness.

Environmental protection concerns and the fact that the park houses a National Recreation Trail were just two reasons why park managers pushed to have the land designated as a national monument. Partnerships and the efforts of the Pueblo de Cochiti, University of New Mexico, Sandoval County, and the BLM have provided the area with facility maintenance, educational opportunities, research development, and much more. It is estimated that people began to inhabit this area nearly 4,000 years ago.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best seasons: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: BLM Rio Puerco Field Office, 435 Montano NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107; (505) 761-8700; www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html
Local Maps: USGS Canada; trail map available at trailhead and at park entrance
Driving Directions: Directions to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument: Slot Canyon Trail

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Apr 2018