Tent Rocks Trail

MODERATE 434 reviews

Tent Rocks Trail 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

Tent Rocks Canyon trail is 3 miles out and back hiking trail through a slot canyon with hoodos and striated rock formations. It 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hiking trail.

hiking
9 days ago

Incredible hike, beautiful slot canyons, amazing view from the top on a clear day! I highly recommend going during the week when kids are in school. I went on a Thursday afternoon and came across maybe a dozen other hikers total. Round trip, including the loop trail, was about 4 miles total. I was able to hike it in just under 2 hours, stopping to take a few pictures along the way and pausing for about 15-20 minutes at the top to take in the breathtaking 360° view. FYI - dogs are not allowed ($250 fine). Take note of the hours - during wintertime, the park rangers start sending people down around 3:15-3:30 pm from the peak. It was a pretty easy hike up until you reach the peak, which was moderately difficult with a steep incline and lots of large steps. I found myself scaling some of the rocks on my hands and knees (I'm only 5'3"). The loop trail was extremely easy but offered some interesting sights and beautiful scenery. If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend doing it!!

hiking
15 days ago

Fun, varied trail that takes you through a stunning and unique slot canyon. It took us an hour to get to the top and back and we were going at a fairly slow pace. Would not recommend for those with mobility issues as there are several rock scrambles and tight spaces to crawl through.
Definitely a must see if you're in northern New Mexico!

hiking
25 days ago

Short and a lighter hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful canyon walls, skinny passages. The top was spectacular views. We went at 9:00 and were first few up. By the time we got to the top and headed down it was like a big traffic jam. Cars were lined up for 1/2 mile waiting to get in. It’s a popular trail for good reasons.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice , started as they opened 9 am Wintertime. No people on the way up, a few heading down. Some narrow passageway and giving a Vertical challenged person ahead of me up a boost a few times. Kept a reasonable pace up and down as I had a goal to do Bandalier National Monument as well, and did.

hiking
1 month ago

A must see if you happen to be driving through New Mexico. Pretty empty during the winter months but can be cold.

1 month ago

Can be crowded in the summer months but well worth it

hiking
1 month ago

cool photo ops

hiking
1 month ago

Started up the slot canyon trail and made it though the slot canyon. Got stuck behind a large group of about 12 who unfortunately did not have trail etiquette and it was impossible to get past them. They stopped every few minutes to take a multitude of photos. I decided to turn around and headed back and complete the cave loop trail. This is a very awesome monument and worth the visit while on a work trip to Albuquerque.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful

1 month ago

Lots of fun! Keep in mind the park closes at 5 during the winter and a park ranger will walk you down around 4 even if you have not finished the hike, which was a bummer. But! Still beautiful and worthwhile.

1 month ago

Really cool hike with slot canyons and great views! Took about an hour and half to do entire hike.

2 months ago

Awesome bro

hiking
2 months ago

Wow. Absolutely beautiful. Climb to top not too difficult but involved some pulling up over rock.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible!! Absolutely worth the drive.

hiking
2 months ago

So cool! It should be a setting to an Indiana Jones movie. Definitely hike to the top for some full valley views.

2 months ago

Incredible site!

2 months ago

A must see slot canyon trail. It is spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views. A little crowded for my taste but for great reason!

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