Thursday Travel: Tent Rocks (New Mexico)

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is known for its light-colored, cone-shaped ten rock. It is 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level, for foot travel only.

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The rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and over time, left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick, then weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks.

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It is 3 miles out and back hiking trail. Going though tunnels and up ledges.

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Take a close look of the transformations of these trees due to the weather and erosion.

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See how these roots support the tree which give the tree such a perfect balance to grow tall:

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This tree branch grow downward then up, amazing!

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More stunning scene ahead…

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The rock formations are incredibly beautiful.

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Ledges are well maintained. Some are pretty narrow to go through:

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This part is pretty rocky…

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Here you get a different perspective of these tent rocks. Hiking to the top from here is only 600 feet up, but it’s very steep.

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Sitting on a rock, I feel like I am reading a long story of the creations and transformations of these majestic canyons and tent rocks.

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Please visit Ingrid’s Take A Hike. It was her beautiful photos brought us here. Thank you, Ingrid!

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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