NM – Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

I wasn’t sure I wanted to visit Tent Rocks, afterall the features are created by volcanic tuff which was also the focus at Bandelier National Monument (link to related post). Although it was a Sunday, I was nearby and it seemed silly to not take a look. Since it’s near Santa Fe and Albuquerque, I was prepared for busy trails.

This is a BLM managed National Monument. I’m still a bit confused as to how agency management is determined. Some are managed by National Park Service, other by BLM. 

I saw several people spending significant time collecting Apache Tears even though signage clearly said otherwise. I actually reported one guy to a ranger who was filling his pockets and telling everyone around him to do the same.

Looking down into the canyon. As you can see the formations are significantly different than Bandelier thus I was glad I’d made the jaunt.

First claret bloom of the season.


Adventure Date(s):

  • April 15, 2018


  • Parking is limited and there are staff directing traffic. Once full you are placed in a waiting cue. Early arrival and/or mid-week will minimize your chance of getting in without waiting.
  • Resources are limited. I don’t recall water being available but there are restrooms and picnic tables.
  • The slot canyon trail can be a bit frustrating when busy as lots of waiting for back and forth traffic. My notes indicate there were a few places a bit more challenging than expected.
  • Buying or borrowing the interpretive guide was worthwhile.



3 thoughts on “NM – Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

  1. Pingback: NM – Valles Caldera National Preserve – Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings

  2. A national monument is a designition any land management agency can have. The Forest Service has a few also. Most of the time they start out as just regular public land and then someone decides they have special features. Despite common misconception monuments don’t necessarily lock anything out. There’s no set of principles for a monument. Often it’s a compromise between those who want wilderness and those who don’t. As we have seen, monuments can be reduced if political forces intervene.

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