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“Amazing, Unique and Well Worth the Visit”

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Formed by volcanic explosions during the last million years, these cone-shaped rock formations were formed, which range in height from a few feet to 90 feet.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

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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Reviewed 27 June 2018

wonderful place in the world! narrow pathway at times to get to the super high lookout. Go early to minimize the crowds that can turn an hour walk into a long day in the sun. Worth it worth it worth it!

Thank greasyskier
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We are middle age and slightly active but had to attempt this hike. We went at opening time on a Monday am, lots of parking at that time, we also wanted to beat the heat and go as early as possible. The ladies wore their Chaco sandals and the men wore their hiking shoes. The terrain is soft and sandy. There are inclines that level off then incline again. We intended to walk the loop and accidentally got on slot canyon trail. At the end, there is a treacherous climb up Rocks to the scenic view that I did not do but the others did. The slot canyon trail offers a must better experience of the tent Rocks and narrow passages. If only doing the loop you miss a lot. Don’t do this trail alone, there were places my husband had to help me up and over rocks in tight places with barely any foot hold. And remember what ever you climb up and over means you have to come back down and over!

Thank Rhjones69
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

This is a cool place where volcanic ash, wind and water all had a hand it creating a beautiful landscape. It is probably better to go in cooler weather but we managed in June. Just bring a lot of water. Walk in the canyons created by time and mother nature and reach the top to see the unique tent formations.

Thank Mary I
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

The location is extremely hot and dry, and the hike can be tough at times, but it is totally worth it. The beautiful views and the amazing rock structures will put you in awe.

Thank Sara B
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