Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is located on the Pajarito Plateau in northern New Mexico. Its cone-shaped tent rock formations, or hoodoos, are the result of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Some of the hoodoos, which can be up to 90 feet high, are topped by boulder caps, like stone clown hats.
The tent rocks are cones of primarily soft pumice and tuff. Bands of grey are interspersed with beige and pink rock as a result of the uniform layering of volcanic material.
Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in the Keresan language of the Pueblo people whose descendants, the Pueblo de Cochiti, still inhabit the surrounding area.
There are three trail options: Cave Loop Trail, Canyon Trail, and Veterans Memorial Trail. We took the leisurely Cave Loop Trail, which led us to this Ku Klux Klan-looking site:
Seriously, is this not a grumpy-looking Klansman?
We checked out the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on the way from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. If we end up there again, we’ll have to explore the slot canyons and mesa overlook on the more challenging Canyon Trail.