One Of The Oddest Geological Wonders Is Located Right Here In New Mexico

While Tent Rocks is fairly well known within the state, most people outside of New Mexico have no clue that this geological wonder even exists. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument lies between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, a short drive off I-25. Here, you’ll discover soaring rock formations, slot canyons, and a hike to a mesa surrounded by mountains.

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Admission to this national monument costs $5 per vehicle – dogs aren’t allowed. Remember to check the weather forecast before visiting, because you really don’t want to be in an arroyo or slot canyon during heavy rain due to the risk of flash flooding. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. And, most important of all, have fun!

Here is a map and trail guide to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti.

If hiking here appeals, you’ll probably also want to try this underground hike through a lava tube!