Monument Monday: 13th Anniversary of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is Bureau of Land Management New Mexico’s “Apache Tear” in the rough. Tent Rocks National Monument is only 52 miles north of Albuquerque and 35 miles south of the state capitol of Santa Fe. The magnificent geological formations at KKTR are only found in two places in the world. BLM New Mexico is proud to present our visitors with a truly unique experience that will keep them coming back time and again.
The Monument features a clean, organized trail system that offers scenic views and unique, cone-shaped tent rock formations caused by volcanic eruptions that occurred six to seven million years ago. Our staff takes pride in ensuring pristine picnic facilities are available, and the cleanest public restrooms on all public lands in New Mexico can be found at KKTR.
The Monument’s Veterans Memorial Overlook is a newer feature and offers our visitors a beautiful view of the Jemez Mountains as well as maintained trails and picnic and restroom facilities. The Monument is establishing a “Buy a Brick” program, which offers visitors a chance to buy and inscribe a brick in honor of any veteran. All the Monument’s amenities are ADA accessible, but the trails unfortunately are not. This does not stop visitors from taking some extraordinary pictures from our picnic areas.
Free Educational Permits are issued to accredited organizations, and these groups are provided with additional educational materials to aid students. Commercial Photo Permits are available as well as Special Recreation Permits. The Monument now issues “America the Beautiful” Interagency Access Passes at the fee booth. Some are free of charge, and additional passes are available to others with certain affiliations.
Whether they’re looking for a leisurely outdoor excursion or planning a multi-day trip, our visitors are sure to find that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is exactly what they’ve been looking for.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is one of 19 national monuments within the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. Located in north-central New Mexico, the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is an outdoor laboratory that offers an opportunity to observe geologic processes as well as cultural and biological objects of interest. Cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of explosive volcanic eruptions that occurred between 6 and 7 million years ago. The Monument, encompassing approximately 4,000 acres, was established in 2001 by presidential proclamation.