The Land of Enchantment is home to many awe-inspiring natural sights that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. One of the most unique places to explore outside of Santa Fe is Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. This other-worldly landscape is full of rock formations and trails that you won’t want to miss out exploring during your trip.
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Why Explore Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument?
New Mexico is full of oddball sights and natural landscapes that look like they belong on the moon. At this national monument, a collection of white rock canyons and tall cone-shaped cylinders greet you as you traverse a mix of smooth slopes and rocky precipices. The cone-shaped tent rock formations resulted from volcanic eruptions six to seven million years ago. While you’re here, you’ll see that the cones vary from a couple of feet high to over 90 feet tall! As you weave your way through these needle-like structures, you’ll wonder whether they are fake or real. One thing is for sure, experiencing the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is an unforgettable experience.
What to Do
A trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is one of our favorite day trips from Santa Fe. The best way to see the monument is by trail. Once you enter the park through the Cochiti Pueblo entrance, head to the National Recreation Trail. This includes two segments ranging from 5,570 to 6,760 feet above sea level. The trails provide visitors with excellent views for photography, bird watching, plant identification, and geologic observation. One of the best spots for a glimpse of the national monument and surrounding lands is the Veteran’s Memorial Scenic Overlook. You can even bring a picnic lunch to eat at one of the many picnic areas at the base of the trail.
Tip: Make sure you check the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument page on the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management website for special hours, closings, and other details before your arrival.
Return to your room for a relaxing evening at El Farolito Inn after a day spent exploring the Tent Rocks. Our authentic accommodations feature local furnishing and decor to make your stay in our city as unique and comfortable as possible. Wake up every morning to a delicious breakfast before walking to the heart of the town to see and experience one of the oldest cities in the country!
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