Tent Rocks Trail

The national monument includes a national recreational trail. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation and plant identification.

photo: Tent rocks viewed from the trail

Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
State(s): New Mexico
Counties: Sandoval
Latitude: 35.65673
Longitude
: -106.41138

From Albuquerque, take the exit for Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Exit 259) off I-25 onto NM 22. Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Turn right off NM 22 at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92, which connects to Forest Service Road 266. From the fee station, travel five miles on a gravel road to the national monument's designated parking/picnic area and trailhead.


From Santa Fe, take the Cochiti Pueblo Exit 264 off I-25 onto NM 16. Turn right off NM 16 onto NM 22, and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo and the national monument.

Description

The national monument includes a national recreational trail. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation and plant identification. Both segments of the trail begin at the designated monument parking area. The Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long, rated as easy. The more difficult Canyon Trail is a 1.5-mile, one-way trek into a narrow canyon with a steep (630-ft) climb to the mesa top for excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley. Both trails are maintained; however, during inclement weather the canyon may flash flood and lightning may strike the ridges. The Veterans Memorial Trail is a 1-mile long loop trail, rated as very easy and is wheel chair accessible. The Veterans Memorial is located at the end of a 3 mile long gravel surfaced road overlooking picturesque Peralta Canyon and Jemez Mountain peaks. Picnic tables, shelters and toilets are available at both sights.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1992

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: BLM - Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Other:
Bureau of Land Management Rio Puerco Field Office
435 Montaño NE
Albuquerque , NM 87107
(505) 761-8700
http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_ro

 

Photos

Hiker follows Tent Rocks Trail into the slot canyon. Photo by Stephen Ausherman.

Hiker follows Tent Rocks Trail into the slot canyon. Photo by Stephen Ausherman.

Hiker reaches the end of the slot on Tent Rocks Trail. Photo by Stephen Ausherman.

Hiker reaches the end of the slot on Tent Rocks Trail. Photo by Stephen Ausherman.

 

Golden Pea (Thermopsis pinetorum) grows alongside the upper Tent Rocks Trail. Photo by Stephen Ausherman.

Golden Pea (Thermopsis pinetorum) grows alongside the upper Tent Rocks Trail. Photo by Stephen Ausherman.

 Photo by Ken Squires.

Photo by Ken Squires.

Reviews

Experience the beautiful and unique landscape

The Canyon Trail is a MUST for anyone visiting the area and feeling up to a challenge. It provides a canyon hike with narrow cliff walls and a nearly vertical hike to the most beautiful view of the mountains. The beginning of the hike is not too strenuous, but the altitude and heat can be brutal on the steep incline in the second half of the hike. This is definitely a trail to take your time and enjoy the beauty of the rock formations and environment! My favorite hiking site in the area so far!

August 16, 2018

 

 



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