A few weekends ago Ian & I ventured off to explore Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. When I first moved to Santa Fe I remember new friends asking if I had been to the Tent Rocks. “Not yet…”, I feel like I answered a dozen times. Apparently it is a must-visit destination in New Mexico.
The U.S. Department of the Interior states, “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.”
“Over time, wind and water cut into these deposits, creating canyons and arroyos, scooping holes in the rock, and contouring the ends of small, inward ravines into smooth semi-circles.” U.S. Department of the Interior
Tent Rocks is an adult playground. We loved navigating over, under, and through the amazing canyons, pausing for people to pass and taking in the layers before us. It truly is a special place to visit in New Mexico. Now, it’s your turn to adventure the monument!