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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks national monument

Tent Rocks, less than an hour south of Santa Fe, has everything you could want in a desert trek,

including slot canyons, bizarrely beautiful rock formations and incredible views. The first half of the three-mile trail winds through a slot canyon so narrow you can touch the walls on both sides, then the canyon opens up beneath the 100ft conical hoodoos that give this national monument its name, before switchbacking up to the top of the mesa for a sweeping overlook of the Jemez mountains and the Rio Grande River Valley.Kasha-Katuwe means "white cliffs" in the Keresan language, spoken by residents of Cochiti Pueblo, which co-manages the monument. The white cliffs, hoodoos and slot canyon are all made of of volcanic tuff that erupted around a million years ago. The trail is only open during daylight hours, with no camping at Tent Rocks, but the nearby Cochiti Lake recreation area offers developed sites. It's is an easy drive from historic Santa Fe, making for a fantastic day trip.
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