Describing the Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo New Mexico as beautiful, is an understatement. With rock formations unlike no other, the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is deserving of its National Monument status with its majestic sights and views, especially from the top.
Two different geologic processes formed the rock layers at Tent Rocks, volcanic activity that resulted in igneous rock formation, and wind and water erosion and deposition that resulted in sedimentary rock formation. The layers you see in the area are a mixture of these two types.
About 7 million years ago, explosive volcanic eruptions occurred in the southern part of the nearby Jemez Mountains. White and silvery pumice and ash ejected from numerous vents fell from the sky to form an igneous rock called “tuff.” Other eruptions threw out larger fragments of igneous rock called “rhyolite,” which ranges in color from light to red.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is about an hour drive from Albuquerque or Santa Fe. It is quite a way off of I-25, but totally worth a visit.
Begin the hike.
Take the challenge.
Start the walk.
Stop and look around.
Wait, there’s more.
Not for the fainthearted.
At the top, you can stay as long as you want.
The trail isn’t a loop. So going back, you have to follow the same route.
Pose with the tree.
– No restroom along the hiking trail.
– When visiting on hot summer months, bring plenty of water. One bottle is not enough!
– Apply some sunscreen.
– The trail is not stroller-friendly.
– If you have vertigo, you may want to consider the shorter trail. Or you can take the longer trail and walk at least the first half.
– Spare at least two hours for the long trail. This includes all the stops for picture taking.
With a modest $5 entry fee, this gorgeous place should not be missed when visiting New Mexico!
Address: Cochiti Pueblo, NM
Phone Number: 505-761-8700
Fall/Winter (November 1 to March 10)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gates close at 4:00 p.m.
Spring/Summer (March 11 to October 31)
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Gates close at 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Closure Dates: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Cultural Observance (spring)
Private Vehicles – $5
Groups: Up to 25 individuals – $25; 25-100 individuals – $100
Schools: No fee. Day-use permit required from BLM.
Sold and issued at entrance: Senior Pass – $10; Annual Pass – $80; Military Annual Pass – Free; Access Pass – Free
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After visiting the Tent Rocks, visit the Bandelier National Monument as well.
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