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    Saturday, September 12, 2009


    Kasha-katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

    Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

    Tent Rocks:6
    Tent Rocks is truly a magical area! Delicately layered gravels and volcanic ashes of the Peralta Tuff Member of the Bearhead Rhyolite have been eroded into interesting shapes, including spires with balanced rocks at the top. The deposits are about 6.8 million years old and were shed off volcanic domes of the Jemez volcanic field. This scenic area is located about 5 miles northwest of Cochiti Pueblo in Sandoval County.

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    Close inspection of the fragile tent rock formations reveals their susceptibility to erosion. Some of the rocks standing farthest away from the cliff have lost their hard caprock and are disintegrating. An examination of the cliff face reveals small ravines leading inward. Wind and water prevail here, scooping holes of all shapes and sizes in the rock and contouring the ends of the ravines into smooth semicircles. As the result of uniform layering of volcanic material, bands of gray are interspersed with beige-colored rock along the cliff face.

    Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. Take the Cochiti Reservoir exit from I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo. Turn right at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92 (connects to Forest Service Road 266). Travel 5 miles on a dirt road to the Tent Rocks parking area, which is marked with a sign. This is the only parking area for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.


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