Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti Pueblo

#3 of 234 in Parks in New Mexico
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Set at 1,700-2,060 m (5,570-6,760 ft) elevations, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument features tall, cone-shaped rock formations, canyons, and hiking trails. The geological formations--the tent rocks or hoodoos--have been created by volcanic ash accumulation and sculpted by wind, water, freezing, and thawing, through millions of years of erosion. Take the 1.9 km (1.2 mi) trail, through canyons and overlooking the tent rocks, which can stretch as high as 27 m (90 ft). Another trail passes along the base of the rocks, on a 2 km (1.3 mi) loop; hike it to see them up close. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument by using our Cochiti Pueblo day trip planning app.
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  • This was a beautiful hike, less than an hour from Santa Fe. We hiked with kids ages 6 to 9. Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic tables near the parking lot. Restrooms also available. Walk was flat and.....  more »
  • The Cave Loop/Slot Canyon Trailhead is about an hour from Albuquerque and a little less from Santa Fe. Entry to the monument is $5 per car. I arrived at about 7:15 on a Sunday morning, and there was.....  more »
  • I love exploring the outdoors and grew up traveling to the national parks and state parks in Utah and surrounding states. This is a great hike. We saw many older people doing the hike and were so impressed! I thought it was a hike around a rim of a canyon from the pictures we've seen, but you go through the slots in the canyon, walk along the base, then go up the mountain. They have some steps, but some places can be a bit strenuous and you'll have to climb over rocks. Bring plenty of water when you go. It took us about 3 hours with kids, but they all did great! It was 106 degrees out when we went, but the breeze and shady spots made it bearable. I believe there rangers hike up to the top before 4pm and start hiking down at 4 and make everyone hike back with them even if they haven't made it to the top, for safety reasons. Great hike, get out and explore!
  • This place is really amazing and not far from major hubs in NM. The slot canyons are incredible! The hike to the top after the slot canyons is neat for an overview but may be challenging for some. If you don’t feel like climbing after the slot canyons - don’t. The canyons are really the star of the show anyways. Really fascinating landscape. Pretty accessible. Good signage. The canyons offer plenty of shade but so make sure to wear sturdy footwear and pack plenty of water. Highly recommend some type of hydration bladder backpack. Also make sure you take your camera!
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