Tent Rocks Trail

MODERATE 547 reviews

Tent Rocks Trail is a 3 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 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
3 days ago

Moderately difficult hike but worth the climb! Absolutely beautiful and very unique scenery!

4 days ago

Great quick hike. Some in our party did only the loop, some took the spur to the base of the climb at the end, and some of us did the whole climb, making for a great hike for a multigenerational party. The whole thing is beautiful l, totally worth a day trip from nearby cities. The trailhead is above 5,000 feet so you might breathe a little harder than usual on the climb, but it was quick and easy.

hiking
5 days ago

great hike amazing views from the top. A must see

walking
9 days ago

Great family time. I wouldn’t take kids under 5 in summer as it can be hot and a lil steep in areas, but it was a great time! We did trail on right and would go back to try trail on left!

hiking
27 days ago

A must do hike! Amazing views, some navigating of rocks but worth it. Gets busy quick, we got there at 8am on a Thursday and while we were on our way back it was getting crowded. On the way up very few people though so go early.

1 month ago

Top ten hike!

1 month ago

Got there at 10am on a Saturday. The slot canyon was pretty clear but I can see how going later would be a pain when there's traffic in the narrows. Gorgeous hike, the rocks are amazing.

1 month ago

Get there very early to avoid bottle necks in the narrow canyons. But otherwise the hike is phenomenal. The view from the top is beautiful and the narrow canyons were stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful trail with lots of interesting geology. Challenging for us amateurs, but not too much. Go early to avoid crowds.

1 month ago

Gorgeous views! Go early, as it gets crowded, but oh, so worth it! The tall walls or slots give shade too, so you don’t melt. High stepping towards the end make this a more challenging hike, but also interesting. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail! If you want to spend the night somewhere before you hike then stay in Santa Fe or possibly North Albuquerque. Don’t bring a pet and bring $5 cash. They don’t take credit cards.

It’s a great quick hike but still a little strenuous. We went at 10:00 on a Saturday and we were done by 12:00. It was not very crowded at 10 but on our way back down it was pretty crowded. I would agree with the other comments.. go as early as you can!

1 month ago

Favorite trail to date.

backpacking
1 month ago

So beautiful !

hiking
1 month ago

This is a bucket-list must do hike! If you’re in the area, make this the one you do!

1 month ago

Favorite trail on my week in New Mexico thus far. I am not that adventurous but found this to be the right mix of challenge and beauty. The trail is very popular but worth it. The National Park pass gets you in free, otherwise it’s $5. There was another road leading up to the Memorial which was closed. I would have liked to explore that.

hiking
1 month ago

Rangers will push people out of the trail at around 4pm! We arrived too late around 3:30 and only hiked half the trail before being intercepted by a ranger, together with a large contingency of turned back hikers. Even so, the first half was already spectacular. Sandy ground and slot canyon allowed only one person to pass in many places. The cone shaped features are well worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Our favorite hike of all time (so far).... this trail had it all, steep mountain hike with awesome views, long narrow slot canyon, boulder climbs and unusual rock formations...this trail is a must!

hiking
2 months ago

we just love it love it, Highly recommended, beautiful place, different views

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail, loved the beautiful views.

2 months ago

Really great hike! Get there early to for fewer people. Would definitely hike again!

2 months ago

Awesome hike! Great scenery! Get there early, as it gets quite crowded anytime after 11am, slot canyons are difficult to maneuver with other people on trail. Take a camera!
Wear good shoes, saw some guy doing this hike in flip flops, not good.

2 months ago

Took the fam and we all really enjoyed the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We headed out on the trail early which allowed for ample photo ops while hiking through the canyon and up to the scenic overlook.

Descending was very crowded as there were so many people in the narrow canyon.

Definitely a must do hike as the views were spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

Our favorite hike yet, this one had it all. Mountain climb, slot canyon and amazing rock formations. Would probably rate this one on the harder side of moderate though due to the steep boulder climbs at the end.

2 months ago

fun hike! requires some climbing over rocks and a mild steep hike in some areas but take your time and enjoy the scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing landscape. Beautiful views. one of a kind experience!

Just be aware that the rangers will usher everyone off the mountain at 3:30 sharp and the park closes at 5, so plan accordingly.

2 months ago

Amazing spot to catch a view of what feels like the center of the world. A birders delight, we arrived around 11 yesterday and the crowd wasn’t bad at all. Easy enough for all skill levels, I would recommend to anyone!

2 months ago

What an amazing area. The short slot canyon leading to the bigger "tents" is gorgeous but there were so many people it was hard to get gray pictures. This is a must-do, but do it early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

hiking
2 months ago

absolutely stunning...I could have soaked up these views for days... traveled to New Mexico to see the Tent Rocks and they did not disappoint!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful...loved the canyons and rock formations....relatively easy hike....went early in the morning...the sky was a beautiful blue and the air was crisp....one of my favorite hikes....

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