Your Ultimate Guide to the Tent Rocks in Santa Fe

The beautiful and unique topography of New Mexico makes for some incredible scenery and state parks. One of the most popular in our area is the Tent Rocks in Santa Fe! Also known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, this awe-inspiring attraction is an outdoor wonderland just begging to be explored. Lace on your hiking boots and get ready to experience one of the Southwest’s most observed geological wonders.

If you love the Tent Rocks in Santa Fe, you won’t want to miss the other parks and attractions we have listed in our free Vacation Guide! It’s also a great reference for some of the area’s best dining, events, entertainment, and more.

History of the Tent Rocks in Santa Fe

The park consists of several cone-shaped rock formations that were formed by volcanic eruptions nearly 7 million years ago! The leftover pumice, ash, and tuff deposits stacked to create the structures we see today. Boulder caps are also perched on many of the tapering hoodoos and protect the softer pumice and tuff below. Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and have begun withering away. However, many remain fairly uniform in shape and can reach heights of up to 90 feet!

Hiking at the Tent Rocks in Santa Fe

Traveling along the Tent Rocks Cave Loop Trail is the most popular thing to do at the monument. The foot-travel trail is 1.2-miles long and provides fantastic views of the rocks and the nearby mountains. Along the way, you’ll also find great spots for bird watching, geologic observation, and plant identification.

The Veterans Memorial Trail is also available for those seeking an easier or handicap-friendly experience. The 1-mile trail overlooks the picturesque Peralta Canyon and Jemez Mountain peaks for picture-perfect photo opportunities. Picnic shelters, restrooms, and shelters can be found on both trails.

How to Get to the Tent Rocks From Santa Fe

From Santa Fe, head south on I-25 and take the Cochiti Pueblo Exit 264 off I-25 onto NM 16. Turn right off NM 16 onto NM 22, and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo and the National Monument.

Extend the Adventure With Casa Escondida

Located just north of Santa Fe, our secluded and charming bed and breakfast is the ideal getaway for those seeking rejuvenation and comfort. We will find our lovely inn in the historic village of Chimayo, home to the famed Sanctuario de Chimayo and Rancho de Chimayo restaurant. Our guestrooms are adorned with traditional New Mexican antiques and provide guests with intimate space and stunning mountain views. You will also enjoy a delicious daily breakfast, exclusive vacation packages and specials, and convenience to all the best local attractions.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our New Mexico High Country Hiking Package! This exclusive vacation offer includes everything avid hikers need to enjoy their visit including the use of a daypack, a New Mexico hiking guide, trekking poles, and more.

Book your next getaway to Casa Escondida today! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Vacation Guide! It’s a great reference to all the best things to see and do during your stay!

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