Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, some BLM New Mexico offices are temporarily restricting public access to some recreation areas. Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM trails and open space areas. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/alert/nm-covid-19-updates.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, is famous for its scenic cone shaped formations, composed of pumice, ash, and tuff deposits from volcanic eruptions 6–7 million years ago. Picnic tables, shelters and toilets area available at the Monument. The Monument includes a National Recreational Trail for hiking only. The Trail contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation and plant identification. Both segments of the trail begin at the designated Monument parking area. The Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long, rated as easy. The more difficult Canyon Trail is a 1.5-mile, one-way trek into a narrow, "slot" 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. The Veterans Memorial Trail is a 1-mile long loop trail, rated as very easy and is wheel chair accessible.
Entry into the Monument is between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Closing procedures begin at 3:30pm to clear the Monument by 5pm. Visitors must be out of the fee booth gated area by closing time.
During the summer months, the Monument experiences increased visitation. Please be aware that visitors may experience entrance delays starting at 9am due to increased visitation and lack of available parking. Wait times may range from 30 to 90 minutes. As parking is made available, new visitors will be allowed entry.
The Monument will be closed on Jan. 6; the Friday before Easter; Easter Sunday; the Monday after Easter; May 3; July 13-14; July 25; Nov. 1; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day; and New Year’s Day to allow for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance.
Federal annual, senior, and access passports are honored at the Monument. NOTE: No dogs are allowed at the Monument.
COVID-19 Rapid Response
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- Status and Offerings Details: Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, some BLM New Mexico offices are temporarily restricting public access to some recreation areas. Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM trails and open space areas. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/alert/nm-covid-19-updates.