Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is located on the Cochiti Pueblo, about halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and a few miles north of I-25. The tent rocks themselves are a very unusual, if not unique, geologic formation of large rock towers shaped more or less like tents – hence the name. The monument isn’t all that large and encompasses the majority of these formations. There are three trails to choose from. The Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long and rated easy. The Veteran’s Trail is 1 mile, very easy and wheel chair accessible. The main attraction is 1.5-mile Canyon trail, which winds through the sandstone cliff into the tent rocks and then to the top of the mesa for an amazing panoramic view. This trail follows a dry stream bed, which becomes very narrow in spots, and requires moderate climbing over some fairly large boulders. It then climbs over 600 feet to the top of the mesa through a series of switch backs and a few steep spots. Although the difficulty is moderate, it is not too difficult for almost anyone to try it. It is truly amazing and the view from the top is well worth the climb. Plan on a couple of hours to really enjoy the beauty of this place. Be sure to take plenty of water. Note: the road from the pueblo to the monument is slow and has dips in the road every few hundred yards.
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