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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks
Tent Rocks National Monument (Kasha-Katuwe) is a spectacular series of rock formations on the Pajarito Plateau southwest of Santa Fe. The conical rock formations resulted from volcanic eruptions six... Read More
Tent Rocks National Monument (Kasha-Katuwe) is a spectacular series of rock formations on the Pajarito Plateau southwest of Santa Fe. The conical rock formations resulted from volcanic eruptions six or seven million years ago. Some of the tent-like rocks, called "hoodoos," have round capstones perched on top. These serve to protect the softer pumice and tuff inside. Rocks range in size from a few feet tall up to 90 feet. Observe these amazing formations from the road or you pay a fee and walk around the site; even hike if you're ambitious. The slot canyon hike is amazing. There are also less strenuous trails. The area is scattered with "Apache Teardrops" formed from rounded black volcanic glass (obsidian). Pick them up and check them out but put them back where you found them. Taking souvenirs is not allowed.
- Nov - Mar Daily 8am-5pm
- Apr - Oct Daily 7am-7pm
Entry Per Vehicle $5
- Sightseeing: "If you visit during summer, especially if you walk into the slot canyon, pay attention to the weather. Severe thunderstorms can occur accompanied by dangerous lightning and even flash floods. Take water with you, it's high and dry in New Mexico and there's no water at the site."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Tent Rocks (Kasha-Katuwe) is an amazing geological wonder seen in few other places on earth. It's worth a trip.