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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.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Stephen Ausherman, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque (Menasha Ridge Press).
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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."
--JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner, Best Hikes Near Albuquerque (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Albuquerque (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
"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."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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