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Tent Rocks National Monument

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Tent Rocks National MonumentOne of the best things about Santa Fe is the pristine nature found at your fingertips.  From the second you arrive in Santa Fe, you’ll notice the difference.  Simply due to the high altitude of Santa Fe, the city boasts 320 days of sunshine, all four seasons, brilliant blue skies and some of the purest air in the world.  There are so many things to do in the great outdoors of the Santa Fe region, but Tent Rocks National Monument is not to be missed.  Located just under an hour west of our luxurious Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast, visiting Tent Rocks National Monument is a great way to spend a day under the Santa Fe sun.  If you’re ready to breath in the cleanest air around, then book your vacation with us now, and don’t miss this beautiful National Monument.  

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was established as a National Monument in 2001, and is a remarkable place to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes.  The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited 6 to 7 million years ago.  These deposits, over 1,000 ft. thick, have been slowly eroded over time by wind and water, leaving the stunning monument as it exists today.  These beautiful Tent Rocks range in height from a few feet to over 90 feet tall.  Historically, the region surrounding Tent Rocks National Monument has been occupied by Pueblos; Kasha-Katuwe even means “white cliffs” in the traditional Keresan Pueblo language.    

Tent Rocks National MonumentTent Rocks National Monument sits on the Pajarito Plateau, and is home to a national recreation trail for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.  This trail is a footpath only, and can be used for hiking, bird watching, geologic observation and plant identification.  The easier Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long, leaving from the parking lot at Tent Rocks National Monument.  If you’re up for a more challenging hike, then consider the Canyon Trail, which is a 1.5-mile, one-way trek into a narrow canyon with a steep (630-ft) climb to the mesa top for excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley.  If you’d like to camp in the area, then head over to the Cochiti Lake Recreation Area. Once you’re done exploring this spectacular National Monument, come back to our beautiful Santa Fe bed and breakfast to rest up for another day of Santa Fe adventures.