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Tent Rocks Slot Canyon and Cave Loop [CLOSED] is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 839 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Closed

Fee

No dogs

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Getting There

Please note: road to the monument is closed, so the monument itself is closed. Please check with the website for updated information: https://www.blm.gov/visit/kktr This three mile loop through a slot canyon with hoodos and striated rock formations is a religious site of the Cochiti Pueblo. The Slot has beautiful examples of rock strata, hoodos, the effects of wind and water. It's a nice climb-about 750 ft climb in about 3 miles. Going though tunnels and up ledges. There are railroad ties to make steps to get to the top where you can see for miles. The loop for handicapped small children is nice, with soaring raptures and cliffs. There's almost something for everybody, except rock climbers and rock scramblers. Stay on the trail as it is a sacred site. Monument Fee Booth - 505-331-6259 Private Vehicles - $5 Groups: Up to 25 individuals - $25 25-100 individuals - $100 Schools: No fee. Day-use permit required from BLM. SEASON/HOURS Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks has changed its hours of operation. The Monument gates will be open 8am to 4pm, and the Monument will fully close at 5pm. Hours of Operation Entry into the Monument between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Closing procedures begin at 3:30 p.m. to clear the Monument by 5:00 p.m. Visitors must be out of the fee booth gated area by closing time. During the summer months, the Monument experiences increased visitation. Please be aware that visitors may experience entrance delays starting at 9am due to increased visitation and lack of available parking. Wait times may range from 30 to 90 minutes. As parking is made available, new visitors will be allowed entry. To allow for Pueblo de Cochiti cultural observances and routine BLM maintenance, the Monument will be closed on: New Year’s Day Jan. 6 Friday before Easter Easter Sunday Monday after Easter May 3 July 13-14 July 25 Nov. 1 Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day

Pay at the gate for a car, and drive a mile or so. There's a nice picnic area, and excellent parking. Restrooms availiable. The signs with trail directions are excellent. The Pueblo really improved everything 2 years ago and the trails are well marked. If you have an eagle-golden Eagle the car is free.

Monument: 505-331-6259 Monument Manager, Jackie Leyba: 505-761-8955 Rio Puerco Field Office 435 Montano NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-761-8700 Public Lands Information Center

I-25 is the route, there are 2 exits just past the Hollywood Casino. take exit 259 or 264 for Cochiti Pueblo and the Cochito Lake. Just follow the signs. A portion of the five-mile access road to the National Monument crosses Pueblo de Cochiti tribal land. Along with the pueblo, neighbors in the vicinity include the Santo Domingo Indians, the Jemez Indians, private landowners, the Santa Fe National Forest, and State of New Mexico. Please respect these landowners and their property.

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Nicholle Zullo
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Hiking

Does anyone know if this trail is open? I see recent reviews but the description says closed

Ilaria D Riva
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Best hike of my life! Wonderful scenarios, you get to hike through a canyon. Highly recommended. Dogs are not allowed.

Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Easy and fun hike. Great for the kiddos. Bring a hat, sunscreens, and plenty of water. Happy hiking.

peter mcgarty
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Hiking

Does anyone know if this trail is still accessible even though the park says it is closed? Coming to Santa Fe in a few days and trying to play our trip.

Lauren Elmy
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Hiking

Can you still access this trail? I heard it was closed?

Roland Pabst
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Hiking

Do you like to surprise yourself and your guests visiting you. This hike is spectacular. It is easy to reach and moderate. The view on top is breathtaking.

Marly Ann
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Hiking

I did this one a year ago today. Amazing to see what the wind can do! Both my parents were able to do it no problem as well (mom was having some orthopedic issues).

Jenni B
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Hiking

Visited Tent Rocks during my visit to Santa Fe. Enjoyed walking through the slot canyon. Glad I went.

Brad Garcia
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closed for 3 weeks

Shayna Fillipovich
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Brent Waddoups
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Hiking

No wait to get in this morning, the slot canyon was nice and cool with a few spots of snow still in the deeply shaded parts. Besides that the trail was dry and not too crowded. The actual slot is a easy/moderate hike, once you get out of the slot it's a series of switchbacks to the top for the views of the monument and surrounding area.

Sami & Trev User
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Hiking

A little bit of a wait to get in... but TOTALLY worth it!! Very unique hike!

Adrienne Renner
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Hiking

Amazing trail! A bit of an elevation gain to get to the top but well worth it! Incredible views! Heads up this trail is not dog friendly!

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Douglas Sears
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Hiking

One would be hard pressed to find a more interesting, unique hike

Jerriann Kalem
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Hiking

Beautiful! Trail is quite narrow at parts on the Canyon trail

Jared L.
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Chris Powell
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Walking

This was a great trip for the family. Easy hike through the tent rocks. nothing real step until towards the end. There are make shift nature stairs, obviously put in by the parks service. This part you want to hold on to the kids or clumsy ones and press on. Has great views from the top.

Katie Rodriguez
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Slot Canyon closed about .5 mile in due to ice and snow

BrianPaula Johnson
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Went on a perfect Sunday. Weather was partly cloudy with perfect whispy clouds. Trail was mostly dry with muddy spots where patches of snow have melted. Crowd was moderate. The tent rock formations were pretty spectacular! The last 2/3 of the Slot Canyon Trail was closed due to snow and ice and will most likely not open until Mar when it warms enough to melt the snow. That’s what we were told by the Ranger anyways. Kinda bummed but that just means we’ll have to come back for another visit to see the rest.

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Heather Faries
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Sam Wat
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Hiking

Amazing! So glad I was able to experience slot canyons. This hike was great and provided incredible views up at the top. Expect some traffic during the tighter slots.

JT Wenger
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Hiking

Spectacular experience. Hoodoos! Kids did great. Slot canyon.

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Erin Campbell
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Simply stunning. Make sure you allow enough time to meander the trail rather than power hike. Rangers came up to the top around 2:30 pm to tell everyone to make their way down; some folks had to turn around. Allow 2 hours to get to the top, there is so much beauty to take in. Active snow made our micro spikes quite helpful as it got slippery toward the top.

Mary Lisa
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The slot canyon is very icy up top after storms - so be careful and check the BLM website for current conditions or call the monument directly. The slot canyon trail had finally opened up when we went but it was still icy. I fell down 3 times coming down, but it was such a blast. Highly recommend this trail as it’s stunning. Nature is amazing. This trails dons a lot of people, but it’s worth it! The end portion has a decent climb, so be ready for a small workout.

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