Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Hike



Designated by US Congress in 2001, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is part of the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico. Wind and water erosion has created unique cone-shaped rock formations from pumice, ash, and tuff deposits from volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. This area is recognized as the ancestral homelands of the Cochiti and is managed today in close cooperation with the Pueblo. Visitors can experience the geology and cultural significance of this area by hiking the challenging Slot Canyon Trail or taking a moment to reflect at Veterans’ Memorial Overlook.

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The Bureau of Land Management in coordination with our partners in the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti will implement a day use reservation system in order to reopen Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19. Advance reservations are required for all visitors. Each vehicle entering the Monument will need a reservation. Visitors with a reservation may enter as early as 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Monument will remain open until 5:00 p.m., at which time all visitors must exit.

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The Monument is a popular destination from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, so early reservations are recommended!

Designated by US Congress in 2001, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is part of the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico. Wind and water erosion has created unique cone-shaped rock formations from pumice, ash, and tuff deposits from volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. This area is recognized as the ancestral homelands of the Cochiti and is managed today in close cooperation with the Pueblo. Visitors can experience the geology and cultural significance of this area by hiking the challenging Slot Canyon Trail or taking a moment to reflect at Veterans’ Memorial Overlook.

  • This 3-mile hike with minimal elevation gain lets you explore Incredible desert hoodoos and beautiful slot canyons. Take in expansive views from the mesa top. Hiking at Tent Rocks is a must-do for anyone in the northern New Mexico area. It's an accessible trail that gives you incredible rewards with little effort.
  • The Slot Canyon Trail is located at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, about 40 miles west of Santa Fe. The national monument is open daily from 8 a.m. For details on how to get to the national monument, park closures, and more, visit the BLM website. Website: Bureau of Land Management.

The Bureau of Land Management in coordination with our partners in the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti will implement a day use reservation system in order to reopen Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19. Advance reservations are required for all visitors. Each vehicle entering the Monument will need a reservation. Visitors with a reservation may enter as early as 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Monument will remain open until 5:00 p.m., at which time all visitors must exit.

The Monument is a popular destination from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, so early reservations are recommended!

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Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Hike

This hike, less than an hour south of Santa Fe, has everything you could want in a desert trek: slot canyons, wicked rock formations and incredible views. The first half of the trail winds through a slot canyon so narrow you can touch the walls on either side, then the canyon opens up beneath the 90-foot conical hoodoos that give this National Monument its name.

  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument remains closed due to COVID-19. The Bureau of Land Management, in coordination with our partners in the gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti, will be transitioning to a day use reservation system when it is safe to reopen the Monument. Check back for details as you plan your visit.

Need to Know

  • Entry Rules

    This permit does not assign a parking space but allows for one vehicle entry into Monument starting at 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Visitors with a reservation must enter during this time and will not be permitted access after 2 p.m. The Monument will remain open until 5:00 p.m., at which time all visitors must exit.

  • How many reservations do I need?

    Only one day use reservation is required for a vehicle and all occupants. Visitors are allowed up to 3 private vehicle reservation per day.

  • Reservation Requirements

    Day use vehicle reservations must be purchased online at Recreation.gov or using the Recreation.gov mobile app. Reservations will not be sold at the Kasha-Katuwe. Day use reservations are non-transferable and resale or auction of reservations is prohibited.

  • Arrive Early

    In order to ensure enough time to complete the Slot Canyon Trail, it is recommended to arrive before 1:00 p.m.

  • Park Closing Time

    Park Rangers begin closing procedures start at 3:30 p.m. from the end of the Slot Canyon Trail on top of the Mesa. The Monument is closed promptly at 5 p.m. in consideration to the local gateway community of Pueblo de Cochiti.

  • Pets

    Pets are prohibited.

  • Passes

    If you have an annual or lifetime pass at the time of your reservation, those are accepted as your private vehicle entrance fee, however you will be required to pay for a reservation ($2; non-refundable). Valid entrance passes currently accepted are: Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Volunteer Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency 4th Grade Pass, Golden Age, Golden Access. Valid ID tha matches the pass is required at the entrance station.

  • Facilities and Trails:

    The trails are for foot traffic only. No horses, bikes or motorized vehicles.

    The Cave Loop Trail is 1.2 miles long, rated as easy.

    The Slot Canyon Trail is a 1.5-mile, one-way trek into a narrow 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. It is considered moderately strenuous, requiring the use of hands and feet to scramble up and through narrow cracks and along steep ledges above drop offs. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

    The Veterans Memorial Trail is a 1-mile long loop trail, rated as very easy and is wheelchair accessible from the overlook parking lot.

  • Weather

    Summer temperatures can exceed 90 degrees. During the summer monsoon season, the canyon may flash flood and lightning may strike the ridges.

    Winter can bring snowstorms and temperatures below freezing.

    Both winter and summer storms could cause the Monument to close.

  • Services

    No food or water is available at the Monument. Visitors are advised to bring at least one quart (one liter) of water per person.

  • Amenities

    Accessible picnic tables, shelters and vault toilets are available at both trailheads.

  • Leave no Trace

    Please leave natural resources and cultural artifacts, rocks, and structures alone. Pack out what you brought in and take only pictures home with you.

Booking Windows

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Kasha-Katuwe National Monument remains closed at this time due to COVID-19. Once there is a set date for reopening there will be a release of tickets. Following this initial release of inventory, reservations are available three months in advance on the first of the month at 7 a.m. PT. Example: On August 1, reservations will be available for the dates of October 1-31.

Changes and Cancellations

Reservation Fee: There is a $2.00 non-refundable reservation fee per ticket

Amenity Fee:

  • Standard Vehicle (1-8 people) - $5.00 per vehicle
  • Van (9-25 people) - $25.00 per van
  • Bus (26-100 people) - $100.00 per bus

Pass holders are required to pay the $2.00 non-refundable reservation fee. Be prepared to show your annual or lifetime pass, associated valid ID and your day use vehicle reservation ticket.

Valid entrances passes accepted are:

  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Annual or Lifetime Pass
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Volunteer Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Interagency 4th Grade Pass
  • Golden Age Pass
  • Golden Access Pass

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot make a trip, please cancel your reservation. Cancellations must be made by midnight prior to the day of arrival for a full refund less the non-refundable per-ticket reservation fee. Refunds will not be given for tickets cancelled or modified after midnight on the day of the reservation. To submit your cancellation, please login to your Recreation.gov account to view and cancel your reservation.

No Show Policy: If you do not arrive during reserved day your fee will not be refunded, and you will be refused entry into the Monument.

If the Monument is closed due to a weather related event, the amenity fee will be refunded.

Contact Information

Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Hike South Rim

Mailing Address

Rio Puerco Field Office 100 Sun Avenue NE Albuquerque NM 87109

Phone Number

505-761-8700

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