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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Know Before You Go


Fall/Winter (November 1 to March 10)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gates close at 4:00 p.m.

Spring/Summer (March 11 to October 31)
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Gates close at 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Closure Dates:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Easter (closed 7am - 1pm), entry to the monument is free for the remainder of the day.

Fees - Payable at entrance

  • Private Vehicles - $5
  • Groups:
    Up to 25 individuals - $25
    25-100 individuals - $100
  • Schools:
    No fee. Day-use permit required from BLM. Click here for more information.
  • Commercial Tours and Non-Profit Organizations:
    Specials-use permit required from BLM. Please contact Rio Puerco Field Office at 505-761-8700
  • America the Beautiful Pass – Present at entrance
  • Sold and issued at entrance:
    • Senior Pass - $10
    • Annual Pass - $80
    • Military Annual Pass – Free
    • Access Pass – Free

Location / Access

Coordinates: 35°36'52.0"N   106°21'33.2"W

The National Monument includes 4,645 acres of public lands located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. 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 Smoky Bear sign past the turquoise water tanks on the hill onto Tribal Route 92, which connects to BLM Road 1011. From the fee station, travel five miles 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.

A portion of the five-mile access road to the National Monument crosses Pueblo de Cochiti tribal land. Along with the pueblo, neighbors in the vicinity include the Santo Domingo Indians, the Jemez Indians, private landowners, the Santa Fe National Forest, and State of New Mexico. Please respect these landowners and their property.

Additional Information

  • Please secure your valuables in your trunk or out of sight.
  • Restrooms are available
    • Thanks to your donations, the Monument has purchased hand sanitizer dispensers and paper towels for all of the Monuments restrooms. These donations help to make our guests experiences more pleasant.
  • RV hookups are available at Cochiti Lake Recreation Area.
  • Cochiti Lake Convenience Store is approximately 7miles from the National Monument parking area and is adjacent to the Village of Cochiti Lake and the Cochiti Reservoir.
  • We recommend that you bring your own drinking water, as there is no running water.
  • The Monument is currently closed to dogs. Dogs are not allowed past the fee booth
  • Day Use Only
  • No open fires, shooting, alcoholic beverages, glass containers or climbing on the "tent rocks."
  • Do not trespass on tribal, private, or state land.
  • Access to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks may be closed by order of the Cochiti Tribal Governor.
    • Closures will be posted at the gate.
  • No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes are allowed.
  • Protect live trees and shrubs.
    • You may not cut green trees or firewood without a permit.
  • No collecting of plants, rocks, obsidian "apache tears," or wildlife.
  • Please stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Geocaching is prohibited.
  • Please, do not feed the wildlife
  • Hunting and recreational shooting is not allowed in the Monument.
  • All film permits should be submitted 30 days in advance for proper review and scheduling.
    • For more information on filming, contact Connie Maestas (505) 761-8907 or Arlene Salazar (505) 761-8772.
  • For information about a Special Recreation Permit, contact Jamie Garcia at (505) 761-8787.

Click here for additional Recreation Guidelines and Information


Hiking Interpretive Signs Picnicking Watchable Wildlife Nature Study Area No Dogs

Monument Information

  • Created: January 17, 2001
  • Size: 4,645 acres of public land
  • Coordinates: 35°36'52.0"N   106°21'33.2"W

Plan Your Visit

Contact Information

  • Monument: 505-331-6259
  • Park Ranger: 505-761-8955
  • Rio Puerco Field Office
    100 Sun Avenue NE
    Pan American Bldg.
    Suite 330
    Albuquerque, NM  87109-4676
  • Public Lands Information Center

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Last updated: 11-01-2016