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April 13, 2021 Update:
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument remains closed due to COVID-19. The Bureau of Land Management in coordination with our partners in the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti will be transitioning to a day use reservation system when it is safe to reopen the Monument. Check back for details as you plan your visit.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Address:

Rio Puerco Field Office 100 Sun Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Latitude/Longitude:
35.65842306, -106.4230367
Directions:
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.
HIKING
WILDLIFE VIEWING
DAY USE AREA

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

April 13, 2021 update: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument remains closed due to COVID-19. The Bureau of Land Management in coordination with our partners in the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti will be transitioning to a day use reservation system when it is safe to reopen the Monument. Check back for details as you plan your visit.

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.

Hours of Operation
Entry into the Monument between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Closing procedures begin at 3:30pm to clear the Monument by 5pm.
Visitors must be out of the fee booth gated area by closing time.

During the summer months, the Monument experiences increased visitation. Please be aware that visitors may experience entrance delays starting at 9am due to increased visitation and lack of available parking. Wait times may range from 30 to 90 minutes. As parking is made available, new visitors will be allowed entry.

The monument will be closed on New Year's Day (January 1); January 6; Friday before Easter; Saturday before Easter; Easter Sunday; Monday after Easter Sunday; May 3; July 13; July 14; July 25; November 1; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; and New Year's Eve. 

Fees

  • Monument Fee Booth - 505-331-6259
  • Private Vehicles - $5
  • Groups:
    Up to 25 individuals - $25
    25-100 individuals - $100
  • Schools:
    No fee. Day-use permit required from BLM. 
    Educational Permit Request Form
  • Commercial Tours, Non-Profit Organizations, Commercial Filming, and Commercial Photography:
    Specials-use permit required from BLM. Please contact Rio Puerco Field Office at 505-761-8700.

Season/Hours

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument remains closed due to COVID-19. The Bureau of Land Management in coordination with our partners in the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti will be transitioning to a day use reservation system when it is safe to reopen the Monument. Check back for details as you plan your visit.

Accessibility

There are ADA compliant rest rooms, picnic facilities, kiosks and parking.

 

The Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long and is rated as easy. While the trail is gravel/sand there are a few sections that are accessible to wheelchairs.

 

At the Veterans' Memorial Overlook you will find ADA-accessible picnic areas, rest rooms, trails and facilities.

Trail Information

Trail Guide

 

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 sites.

Prohibitions and Restrictions

The Monument is closed to dogs, excluding service animals. 

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.

Brochures, Maps, and Publications

Trail Guide

Interactive Map

Printable Map

Plant Guide

Bird Guide

Junior Ranger Activity Guide

Rocks Rock! Hit the Trails Learning Education Initiative