Overview

The distinctive striped tent-shaped rocks at Kasha Katuwe are the products of the most violent of volcanic eruptions, pyroclastic flow, that occurred from six to seven million years ago.  The formations vary in height from a few feet to over ninety feet in height.  This unique and fascinating area has only been a National Monument since January 2001.

 

Key Attractions

 

  • Variety of birds and animals, including Red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, violet-green swallows, Western Scrub-Jay, an occasional (if you are lucky) golden eagle, elk, mule-deer, wild turkey, coyotes, chipmunks, rabbits, and ground squirrels

  • Abundant and diverse plant life, including the Indian paintbrush and the desert marigold

  • National recreation trail - contains two segments for hikers to view the scenery and identify the biological and geological surroundings

  • Veterans Memorial Trail - wheelchair accessible and an easy hike that overlooks the scenic Peralta Canyon and Jemez Mountain peaks

  • Volcanic glass and other evidence from the volcanic eruptions - pieces of black obsidian rock

 

Location

 

Located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 northeast of Albuquerque, NM. The most direct access comes from I-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.

 

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