Hiking Tour in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks
Every Saturday 8AM – 2:30PM | 2 pp min $199 pp | $165 pp with 4 or more | Maximum 12 ppl
Private & Custom Tours Available
Tour starts and ends at Hotel St. Francis in Santa FeBook online now!
We hike 3 miles round trip amongst hoodoos and water sculpted sandstone slot canyons that looks like stretched taffy. Kasha-Katuwe National Monument is in Cochiti Pueblo is just south of Santa Fe, also known as Tent Rocks. These incredible formations have capped rocks poised like hats on tall thin spires of rock.
Two different geologic processes formed the rock layers here, volcanic activity that resulted in igneous rock formation, and wind and water erosion and deposition that resulted in sedimentary rock formation. These layers we wind through are a mixture of these two types or rock. About 6.7 to 7 million years ago, explosive volcanic eruptions occurred in the southern part of the nearby Jemez Mountains.White and silvery-gray pumice and ash ejected from numerous vents fell from the sky to form an igneous rock called “tuff.” Other eruptions threw out larger fragments of igneous rock called “rhyolite,” ranging in color from light gray to red a the location. Now after millions of years erosion adds to the quality of this textured land we explore.
When we reach the top, enjoy dramatic views of the Sandia Mountains, the Sangre de Cristos Mountains and the Jemez Mountain range. Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch under a shaded canopy below these mysterious hoodoos and the infamous New Mexican skies.
Our drive down to Cochiti Pueblo will be 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.
Hiking Terrain Elevation at 5,731 ft
Slot Canyon Trail | 1.5 miles
Involves some climbing and narrow places between canyon walls. Trail switchbacks up 640 feet up to the plateau.
Cave Loop | 1.2 miles
Hiking along designated trail following curve along upper edge of a side valley, crossing a view sandy washes while staying fairly level.
Kasha-Katuwe National Monument is located 25 miles south west of Santa Fe. Our drive will be 45 minutes each direction.