Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is located just over an hour north of Albuquerque near the Cochiti Pueblo. Kasha-Katuwe meaning “white cliffs” is a natural formation of weathering and erosion that forms these rocks that resemble cones or tents. The slot canyon trail is approximately 1.5 miles one way and will climb in elevation to lookout over the canyon where you can view the tent rocks from above. The climb can be challenging at times but well worth the effort. The view from above is hard to describe as anything other than wonderous. Other than the wind, which is a given in NM, the weather was quite beautiful, low 70’s with mostly sunshine and blue skies. We took our time and tried to take in every moment and of course I took way too many pictures. Follow along on our tour from the bottom of the canyon to the top and back down again. Maybe you will be inspired to visit one day!
I must admit I have a thing for exposed tree roots. They are like nature’s artwork.
Looking straight up.
What an incredible sight! But the trail goes higher, there’s still more to see . . .
To the the east we see clouds for the first time today.
Looking out towards Santa Fe, there is still snow on the mountain tops. Two days after we visited Tent Rocks, the northwest part of NM received several inches of fresh snow. Although we didn’t have snowfall in our area we could see a dusting of fresh snow on top of the Sandia Mountains the next morning, which is unusual this time of year.
This little bitty tree was on the edge of the cliff. The view from up above is phenomenal!
I love this color!
There is another loop trail below the slot canyon trail. We walked the loop before heading back to the parking lot. Here is another Yucca that is not quite bloomed out but getting close.
The lower trail takes us by a man made cave. Archeologists believe this was carved between 1200 – 1540 a.d. They suggest it was carved with sticks and sharp stones. The interior shows evidence of soot from fires that remain on the walls inside.
The small formation on the left is white on the top while the bottom is sandy brown in color.
It’s the end of the tour and the end of my battery life. Hope you enjoyed seeing the sights from Tent Rocks National Monument.