Southwest Family Road Trip Day 2: Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial

Day 2 of Southwest Family Road Trip is off to a beautiful start at Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial. Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial is near Cochiti Pueblo, NM. It was about a 40-minute drive from Santa Fe. Trust me when I saw that Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks was worth the Drive! We originally thought of omitting this from our itinerary due to the drive. We were afraid if we didn’t get there early enough it would be too hot since there is limited shade. We woke up early so we would arrive shortly after sunrise. It was perfectly timed considering the weather and it was less crowded at that time. As we were leaving Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial, the trails were definitely becoming more congested.


We started in the slot canyon trail. We planned our day to start close to sunrise. In retrospect, We should have started the loop trail first since it had no shade. The Slot Canyon is an amazing way to show kids science at it’s finest. It is magnificent to see in person how wind and water can create such beautiful sights.


A little bit of history about…


Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks memorial is made of  layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Over time,weathering and erosion of these layers have created canyons and tent rocks.


I  have some issues with tight spaces so this was the end of the canyon trail for us before heading to the loop trail



In 2001, Bill Clinton established Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial as a U.S. National Monument.



kashakatuwetentrocks3The loop is not so enclosed nor steep making it better for those with limitations or children. Stay on the trail, as it is a sacred site.


This was one of my favorite spots. While it’s all so gorgeous, I enjoy finding the unique aspects in something already so unique.

kashakatuwetentrocks5Have you been to Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial Before?



  1. Jeanine says

    I’ve never heard of Kasha Katuwe tent rocks before. Looks like something to see though, how gorgeous! I love places like this so would love to explore.

  2. says

    That looks so cool! I want to go and see it for myself!! I find, too, that getting places early tends to pay off with regard to how crowded it can get. An added bonus that you mentioned was beating the heat. Looks like an amazing place to go and it’s one I’d never heard of before.

  3. Pam says

    Wow, what a cool place to visit. I would love to see those rocks in person. I have never seen anything like that.

  4. Rebecca Swenor says

    Now this would make for a great family trip to go see the Kasha Katuwe Tent Rock Memorial. It is sites like this that my family would love to see. I will have to share this with them. Thanks for the gorgeous photos and your experiences.

  5. Christina Aliperti says

    OMG, this is a gorgeous place! The views are just mesmerizing, I would love to visit with my family.

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