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