(Cochiti Lake NM)
The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was between Albuquerque and Santa Fe; just a few miles from my camp at Cochiti Lake. Strange rock formations resulted from extensive volcanic eruptions and subsequent erosion from wind and water over thousands of years.

Rock formations, trees

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

I hiked the relatively easy Canyon Trail with an elevation gain of about 600ft. It went through a slot, and then up to an overlook. Along the way were exceptional rock formations, cliffs, hoodoos, and gnarly trees. Except for the steep climb at the end, the 2 miles round-trip wasn’t that difficult.

Rock walls, path

Going through the slot

Fallen rock, path

Rock obstacle in the slot

A variety of shapes and spaces, different rock formations, and some greenery made for interesting sights. The view at the top looked out to the surrounding desert, and into the canyon. The trail was just quirky enough to seem challenging, yet not too difficult.

Cliffs, trees, path

Tall cliffs along the trail

Roots, rocks

Tree hanging on

There was also the Cave Loop trail, which I heard was not as interesting. And, an overlook at the end of a 9 miles drive up a gravel road. Neither of those got my attention. Still, what I did was rewarding, and enough for my old legs. It was well worth the effort.

Canyon, hoodoos

Looking into the canyon

Cliff, tent rocks, distant mountains

View from above

Stayed at the Army Corps of Engineers campground overlooking Cochiti Lake with the mountains in the distance. My site had a paved pad, shelter with picnic table, good internet, and a nice view of the lake.

Lake, bushes, flowers, RV

Tardis at Cochiti Lake

There were flush toilets, showers, trash and dump station available. All for $6 per night with Senior Pass. Electric sites were available for more; but, without a view of the lake. Glad I don’t need hook-ups.

Camp: Cochiti Lake CG-COE drycamp
Scene: Rock formations, slot canyon, cliffs, trails


2 Responses to Kasha-Katuwe

  1. Diane October 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Just great, as soon as I saw your first picture, the song popped into my head from Fantasia where the little mushrooms with the oriental hats start dancing. I can’t get it out of my head now. Nice pictures. Will be leaving Dayton tomorrow. See you in a week or so.

    • Pleinguy October 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

      Now that you mention it, I can see the resemblance. Have a safe trip, and hope to see you when you get out west.

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