Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Pena Blanca, New Mexico 87041

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Professional Guide

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"Tapering hoodoos up to 90 feet tall are the primary attractions at Tent Rocks. Enter a sinuous slot canyon to admire them from below, then climb high upon a ridge to gaze down upon them. In warm seasons, wildlife comes in furred, feathered, and spiked varieties, and wildflower identification can turn into a fullday affair."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Linda Regnier and Hope Di Paulo
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"Located on the Pajarito Plateau 35 miles south of Santa Fe, the Kasha–Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a unique geological wonder, with cone- shaped formations that are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred six to seven million years ago. T he slot canyon, located not far from the trailhead, is another geological feature not often found in New Mexico. Two hiking trails in the monument provide both easy (Cave Loop Trail) and more difficult (Canyon Trail) access to this area. No dogs allowed." Read more
Best Hikes Near Albuquerque (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is unique in that it is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and can be closed by order of the Pueblo de Cochiti tribal governor. Hikers planning to make this trip should check the website ?rst for any park closures or updates, since ?ash ?oods can close the park as well. The extra e?ort is well worth it, as the park o?ers unique cone-shaped rock formations, a slot canyon, and many species of birds." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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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." Read more
100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"Tent Rocks Canyon is a narrow slice through tuff ejected from small volcanoes at the edge of the massive Jemez Volcano. In places the walls of the canyon are 200 feet high, yet a child’s arms can span the width wall to wall. The canyon takes its name from the surrounding weird towers of tuff capped by harder, more erosion-resistant rocks. These cap rocks offer some protection to the crumbly tuff directly beneath, resulting in a hoard of conical spires shaped roughly like tepees." Read more
Best Hikes Near Albuquerque (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The Slot Canyon Trail in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument offers hikers a great introduction to slot canyon hiking. The slot only lasts 0.4 mile but gives “first-timers” 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." Read more
"A day hike through eroded rock pinnacles and a slot canyon. The interesting rock formations along this trail were named for their tepee- or tent-like shape. The formations were carved by water and wind out of a soft layer of pumice and ash deposited by massive volcanoes about 6.8 million years ago. The volcanoes are located a few miles northwest, part of the Jemez Mountains. Stay on the trail and do not try to climb on any of the formations. The rock is soft and crumbly, making it treacherous and easily damaged. The hike can be quite hot in summer, especially at midday. In winter occasional snowstorms can make hiking icy and difficult, but the white stuff usually melts off quickly." Read more

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9/7/2018
Gorgeous hike. Not too challenging but fantastic visuals.
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8/2/2018
This is an incredible place, one of my most treasured, favorite spots in the area. The hoodoos and various rock formations are hauntingly beautiful. The hike itself involves steep inclines, but it is not a long hike by any means. An amazing, mesmerizing experience.
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3/28/2016
This is actually Kasha-Katuwe aka Tent Rocks. Kasha-Katuwe is the Cochiti Indian name for it. This is a great hike, but be sure you know the weather before you go. Flash floods can be dangerous, as you start off hiking in the dried creek bed, and head up through canyon narrow canyon twists and turns, where runoff will come down. It is an amazing hike, and varies quite a bit in terrain, ending up on top of it all, looking out over the hoodoos that look like teepees. It is a very UP hill hike, but is great for taking your time, enjoying the views and the wildlife along the way.
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3/29/2015
A little bit crowded, but an amazing hike for the whole family with beautiful picture opportunities.
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10/8/2007
A bit of a crowd this day but it is so unusual that we never really minded the company.
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4/15/2007
Well worth the drive from Alb. or Santa Fe. The area is breathtaking and very interesting. Walking between the canyon walls is a wonderful experience. We were really impressed with this hike!!!
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2/18/2007
The rock formations are spectacular. The walk around the base is relaxing and enjoyable. The climb to the top was quite challenging. The path is very steep and at points passes through narrow openings where the sun rarely penetrates. As a result, there were places on the path where the hard-packed snow was very slick. Nevertheless, the view from the top was well worth it. A walking stick is recommended.
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9/12/2005
Great trail. wonderful views of tent rock formations. It is like a mini-Bryce canyon in Utah if you have ever been there. rock formations,great colors,a slot canyon and a great view from the top. Vandana
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4/5/2004
This is a great trail. Last April there was a little bit of snow on the mountain, but the trail was clear and the temperature perfect for hiking. We've also been in the summer, which can get pretty hot, however, there is a short and fun slot canyon that is shaded and pretty comfortable when inside. There are also a few other shady spots along the way to stop and rest if needed. I found it to be a pretty easy trail with some great views. The trail gets fairly steep at the end. Anyone who has any trouble climbing may find the trail difficult toward the end, but the views from the top are well worth the effort. It's one of our favorite places in the area.
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Trail Information

Pena Blanca
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Wildflowers, Views
Features