Tent Rocks

Fifty-five miles northeast of Albuquerque you’ll find some pretty cool geological formations known as Tent Rocks.  The official name is Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in the Pueblo language Keresan.  While slightly off the beaten path, Tent Rocks makes for an excellent day trip.  Allan and I went there this spring as a sort of pre-birthday trip.  With so many great places to visit in our Land of Enchantment, this was definitely a bucketlister.

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I’d recommend bring a camera.  I took the photos you see here with my phone camera, but Allan took his DSLR to make sure we got some really good shots.  It’s a beautiful place.

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Lots of great lighting and natural angles to play with.

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We explored every nook and cranny.

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I’d wear good shoes and comfy clothes.  You’ll have to navigate some narrow spaces.

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The strata is awesome.

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Tent Rocks gets its name from the tent shaped tips that are left after erosion.

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The hike is legit, but as Miley Cyrus says, “it’s the climb.  It’s steep, but short and worth it when you get to check out the views from the top.

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I wouldn’t recommend it for small children, but I look forward to bringing our kiddos in a few years.

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We went in March.  I’d recommend layers.  I fluctuated between two sweaters, one sweater, a flannel and a tank top.  Hats, shades and of course water.  A beard if you’re Allan.

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Panorama shot.

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After that hike, we deserved a margarita or two or a carafe.

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The food at Tomasita’s near the Railrunner Station is delicious.

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And the service is top notch.

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After lunch, we stopped in POP Gallery to see some of Allan’s pieces and visit with the gallery owner.  Our last stop was the outlet mall.  It was a birthday trip after all.

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Tent Rocks rocks.  Check it out!

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