The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The National Monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level. It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.
The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a pyroclastic flow.
Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps that protect the softer pumice and tuff below. Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating. While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet up to 90 feet.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Monument.
Hours of Operation
Entry into the Monument between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Closing procedures begin at 3:30pm to clear the Monument by 5pm.
Visitors must be out of the fee booth gated area by closing time.
During the summer months, the Monument experiences increased visitation. Please be aware that visitors may experience entrance delays starting at 9am due to increased visitation and lack of available parking. Wait times may range from 30 to 90 minutes. As parking is made available, new visitors will be allowed entry.
The monument will be closed on Jan. 6; the Friday before Easter; Easter Sunday; the Monday after Easter; May 3; July 13-14; July 25; Nov. 1; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day; and New Year’s Day to allow for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.
- Monument Fee Booth – 505-331-6259
- Private Vehicles – $5
Up to 25 individuals – $25
25-100 individuals – $100
No fee. Day-use permit required from BLM.
Educational Permit Request Form
- Commercial Tours, Non-Profit Organizations, Commercial Filming, and Commercial Photography:
Specials-use permit required from BLM. Please contact Rio Puerco Field Office at 505-761-8700.
PROHIBITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
The Monument is closed to dogs, excluding service animals.
Day Use Only
No open fires, shooting, alcoholic beverages, glass containers or climbing on the “tent rocks.”
Do not trespass on tribal, private, or state land.
Access to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks may be closed by order of the Cochiti Tribal Governor. Closures will be posted at the gate.
No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes are allowed.
Protect live trees and shrubs. You may not cut green trees or firewood without a permit.
No collecting of plants, rocks, obsidian “apache tears,” or wildlife.
Please stay on designated roads and trails.
Geocaching is prohibited.
Please, do not feed the wildlife
Hunting and recreational shooting is not allowed in the Monument.