Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is currently closed to the public. During the closure, BLM has had the opportunity to work on projects to enhance the visitor experience upon reopening. Projects include upgrade to trails to alleviate safety concerns within the monument. In addition, the monument has published its first Draft Business Plan outlining the current state of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Recreation Program to ensure consistency with required statutes and laws, and establishes future management goals and priorities of the program. While the initial closure was an attempt to reduce COVID-19 exposure to the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti, BLM has decided to maintain the closure status of the Monument until a reopening plan has been finalized. BLM is continuing to work in close cooperation with the Pueblo de Cochiti to develop a reopening plan to address long standing issues including over-visitation, long wait times, staffing needs, and ability to provide resource protection.
It is BLM’s hope that through these efforts, the Monument will re-open in a way that reduces impacts on the land and resources, as well as to the Cochiti people, and will provide an improved experience for all visitors. As reopening plans become more solidified, BLM will be releasing new information to the public via https://www.blm.gov/visit/kktr and our social media pages. We look forward to seeing our visitors when we reopen!
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.