Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

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 Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in the Keresan language of the Pueblo people whose descendants, the Pueblo de Cochiti, still inhabit the surrounding area.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

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:

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Seriously, is this not a grumpy-looking Klansman?

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

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.

10 thoughts on “Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

  1. Vetti, we would love to visit Australia one of these days! I’m curious about both its cities and its nature.

    Schwartz, thanks so much! We’ve been spending a lot of time behind the scenes, developing a new site, rephotographing all of our work, and then finally integrating the blog with the site. As soon as I finished that, I had to get outside — today is an unbelievably beautiful day.

  2. those formations are a trip – if you go to Australia, I know a tea towel collector there.
    I think his name is Mark. Should be easy to find.
    per the new layout – On Chrome, Firefox & Safari, I cannot scroll down the left side. This becomes an issue when you enlarge the text a few command/control +s or if you were to list a number of upcoming events.
    I dunno how many people read the web in 20pt type…..
    Wonder how it works in a reader application like Jaws?

  3. Quimbob, the left side doesn’t scroll, which is why the nav is short and important. The right side scrolls and includes all the various blog-related navigation. I figure the left side shouldn’t present a problem as long as I keep it concise.

    I really want to emphasize the connection between this blog and the rest of our actual site, if that makes sense. Anyway, thanks for being our beta tester!

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