If you’re spending more than a day or two anywhere in the Santa Fe or Albuquerque area, be sure to visit the somewhat unknown and out-of-the-way Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. This is truly a remarkable place - located about 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe.
The odd cone-shaped formations that give the area its name are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago which left pumice, ash and volcanic tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Over time, wind and water slowly eroded the tuff, which formed the canyons and tent rocks we see today. Some of these hoodoos, or tent rocks, reach up to 90 feet in height.
Blue Corn Café. With two locations in town, I would recommend going to the downtown location. If you’re lucky enough, grab a table on the balcony. Both the beer and the New Mexican style food are outstanding.
Trail: Cave Loop / Slot Canyon Trail
RT Distance: 3.7 Miles
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Max Elevation: 6300 feet
TH Location: Off I-25, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Map: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Santa Fe - Taos Hiking Guide: - The Santa Fe - Taos area contains a wide selection of easily accessible trails throughout its mountains and high desert places - where outdoor enthusiasts can explore the diverse topography and ecosystems of northern New Mexico year-round. Now for the first time in one convenient volume, veteran local guidebook author Bob D'Antonio introduces you to 52 great hikes within an hour of these two towns. From alpine peaks to sage-covered mesas, northern New Mexico offers incredible hiking opportunities - and this guide leads you to the best.