Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
August 30, 2023 update:
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument remains closed.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would like to thank the public for their continued patience with us while awaiting updated information regarding the re-opening of the Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (Monument).
As reopening plans become more solidified, BLM and Pueblo de Cochiti will be releasing new information to the public via https://www.blm.gov/visit/kktr, our social media pages and through the media. We look forward to seeing our visitors when we reopen!
For more information about recreation within the Rio Puerco Field Office, please contact our office at 505-761- 8700, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/recreationactivities/new-mexico and click on the Rio Puerco Field Office (Albuquerque) link.
The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The National Monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.
The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a pyroclastic flow.
Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps that protect the softer pumice and tuff below. Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating. While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet up to 90 feet.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Monument.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument remains closed to the public.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
Brochures, Maps, and Publications
From Albuquerque, head north on I-25 and 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.
From Santa Fe, head south on I-25 and 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.
Note, following the GPS coordinates may take you through tribal lands that are not accessible. Please follow the directions above and access the Monument from I-25.