Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti Pueblo, NM
When visiting the southwest, taking time to enjoy the landscape is a must. One of the best places for this within an easy drive of Santa Fe is Tent Rocks National Monument. I’ve done the hike there a few times now, but I’ll always keep asking to go back because of the unique rock formations and the stunning views.
The trail starts by going through a narrow slot canyon, leads you up a steep climb, and then lets out along a long ridge. The climb up is the most difficult part, and if you aren’t a sure-footed person or don’t like scrambling over rocks as opposed to a standard trail hike, this may not be for you. However, visiting the slot canyon is an amazing trip by itself (and flat!), so I would recommend that to anyone, regardless of hiking level.
The view from the top is something else. I always have to take a picture for mom to remind her why she should come enjoy the view at the edge... but she hates the drop. She gets a little bit closer every time though, and one day she will fully conquer the ridge!
Thanks for coming on this hike with me, I hope you add it to your Santa Fe to-do list! For more hikes, activities, and other Santa Fe recommendations, look for a new Victinerary coming soon! As always, please leave any questions, suggestions, or comments in the section below,
Date & Locations: Sunday, 15 July 2017 - Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Cochiti Pueblo, NM
Photos taken with: Nikon D5300, Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens