Canyon Trail

Los Alamos, New Mexico

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This hike follows a national recreation trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument through unusual geologic formations and a narrow canyon to a viewpoint overlooking the Tent Rocks. From the trailhead, start hiking on the right fork of the Cave Loop Trail. This trail climbs gradually northeast up a broad valley, crosses a drainage, and then nears the steep eastern slopes. Leave the Cave Loop Trail here and turn right onto the Canyon Trail, which heads north up a narrow canyon. Toward its end, this canyon turns sharply left (west), and the trail climbs the head of the canyon. After turning south, the Canyon Trail ends at a viewpoint overlooking the Tent Rocks and views of the distant Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, and Sandia Mountains, as well as the Rio Grande Valley.

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"This hike follows a national recreation trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument through unusual geologic formations and a narrow canyon to a viewpoint overlooking the Tent Rocks. From the trailhead, start hiking on the right fork of the Cave Loop Trail.

This trail climbs gradually northeast up a broad valley, crosses a drainage, and then nears the steep eastern slopes. Leave the Cave Loop Trail here and turn right onto the Canyon Trail, which heads north up a narrow canyon. Toward its end, this canyon turns sharply left (west), and the trail climbs the head of the canyon. After turning south, the Canyon Trail ends at a viewpoint overlooking the Tent Rocks and views of the distant Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, and Sandia Mountains, as well as the Rio Grande Valley."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Los Alamos
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Maps: USGS: Canada
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyon Trail

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May 2018