Amazing Tent Rock Kasha-Katuwe Near Albuquerque

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One of the many area attractions found around Albuquerque and Rio Rancho New Mexico is a well kept secret known as Tent Rocks.  This is a National Monument but it’s off the beaten path so it’s not uncommon to enjoy some seclusion and serenity while visiting this magical place. (scroll down for photos)

Tent Rock Sign Near AlbuquerqueTent Rocks or Kasha-Katuwe (white cliffs) in the native language was formed over 6-7 million years. Volcanic activity in the Jemez mountains spewed rocks, ash and a pyroclastic flow down through these valleys.  Over the millennium wind and water have slowly carved out these marvels of nature.  The Tent Rocks stand from just a few feet high to over 90’.  Some of these formations have a remaining cap or HooDoo that appears to be a teetering boulder.  The HooDoo protects the much softer tuff (hardened volcanic ash) from even more erosion.

The trail through this fairly land of pointed formations is approximately 1.5 miles one way.  This is not a terribly difficult trail but does have some narrow passages and a healthy 630’ vertical ascent.  The climb to the top is well worth the effort, the views of the Sangre De Christo (Blood of Christ) mountains and the overlook of Kasha-Katuwe are breathtaking.  

My wife and I have explored this area thoroughly and it can get very hot here in the summer months, I suggest taking this hike in late fall or early spring. Bring plenty of water but no pets! Be sure to bring your camera you will be glad you did! Don't miss out on these Amazing Tent Rocks Near Albuquerque

From Albuquerque north on I-25 to the Cochiti Pueblo Exit 264 being NM 16. Turn right off NM 16 onto NM 22, and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo and the national monument.
Google Map for Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo, Cochiti Lake, Kasha-Katuwe Monument

Here at Albuquerque Homes Realty we know New Mexico very well and love to explore the abundance of outdoor treasures. If you love to hike, bike, fish and get away from it all give us a call and we will share some of our hidden secrets.  If your looking for that special home in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Placitas or Bernalillo areas we can also help you find some hidden treasures that fit your budget and lifestlye.  

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
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Wow, those are some cool rock formations. It even looks like it would be very hot during summer months, but worth the hike for the views. Thanks for sharing it with us John.

Sep 03, 2011 08:07 AM #1
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

John, I love it! This is exactly the type of place my husband and I enjoy hiking in!

Sep 03, 2011 09:06 AM #2
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hi Debb,  It really is hot in the summer months but well worth the exploration in fall, winter and spring.  One of those places you dont forget.  Thanks for sharing!


Sep 03, 2011 03:38 PM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hello Connie, If you and our husband enjoy hikes and exploring interesting areas you would certainly like this hike.  I will be sharing many more hikes around the area soon.  Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Sep 03, 2011 03:39 PM #4
Judi Boad

Hi John~ Simply amazing how diverse our beautiful country's landscape can be! From the red rock of Sedona, to White Rock in Albuquerque, and the forests of the Great Northwest, we have a lifetime of adventure available to us if we want it!

Thanks for sharing a special place with us!

Best regards from Seattle,

Sep 04, 2011 05:57 AM #5
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hi Judi... Indeed you're right we are blessed to live a such a wonderful country that offers so much diversity in our nature!  You and yours enjoy a great day!

Sep 04, 2011 07:20 AM #6
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi John, what lovely rocks.  Its cool how you can see the different layers.

Sep 05, 2011 09:02 AM #7
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

John, I had never even heard of this place before....and I watch the Travel Channel.....a lot.

These would be so cool to see, but you took some great photos.  Thanks.

Sep 05, 2011 11:23 AM #8
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hi Liz -  Yes Tent Rock is one of the coolest places.  You almost feel Ike you're on a different planet.  Thanks for dropping by and make it a great day in the Rain ~ 

Sep 06, 2011 09:04 AM #9
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hey John - I had lived in Albuquerque for years before I ever heard of it.  One of my relocation clients actually found it and told me about it.  My wife and I knew we had to check it out.  Amazing enough the first time we were there we only saw one other couple from the bottom to the very top.  I agree Tent Rock is worthy of the Travel or Discovery Channel.  Pics don't do it justice and word just can't describe it.  Thanks for stopping by and make it a good day in the Rain.

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