Tent Rocks Trail

MODERATE 589 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

wildlife

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
12 minutes ago

Beautiful views from the top and your rewarded with a cool breeze through the slot canyon on your way back down. High traffic but worth it..

hiking
2 days ago

This was spectacular. We arrived early and were glad we did. Got amazing photos and a great workout as well. Met lots of interesting people along the way as the traffic picked up considerable by 10:00. Would defiantly do this again. Took us about 2 hours. Take lots of water with you.

hiking
6 days ago

Very unique sight, all around a great hike. Highly trafficked but I met some nice folks along the way.
Just be aware of the heat and elevation; bring plenty of water and pace yourself accordingly. Very much worth going all the way to the top!

hiking
6 days ago

What an amazing view. It’s quite a steep hike, especially if you aren’t adjusted to the altitude. Go early to avoid crowds and sun.

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing trail and fun!!!

hiking
6 days ago

6 days ago

heavily traveled. You meet many wonderful people are very helpful

24 days ago

Fun hike, good for kids, get their early so you can enjoy it. Gets crowded in the afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

As a New Mexican I have hiked at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks since I was a little kid. I now love going with my own daughter, we have yet to take her and have her reach the top, but hopefully soon she will make it all of the way. The climb can be hard on young kids, and hot if you do not get there early enough, but they love walking through the canyon. Bring a camera and let them take photos!

As for myself and my husband, we absolutely love this trail. The view is always worth it and and the canyon is just beautiful. Depending on the time of year I usually wear a light jacket because we go early in the morning and it is chilly in the shade, but as soon as you are out in the sun you start to sweat.

Gorgeous place, plenty of parking and restrooms, get there early if you do not want to risk the parking areas filling up. We like going before it gets too crowded. Depending on the weather, Feb. March and April are all fantastic months to go as it is usually not as crowded as in the summer.

Please be respectful of the sacred nature of this site and stay on the trail and leave no trace. There are signs not to take any of the "apache tears" which are the tiny obsidian rocks and volcanic glass. Please be respectful.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

great hike amazing views from the top. A must see

walking
1 month 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Top ten hike!

2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months ago

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

3 months 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
3 months 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!

3 months ago

Favorite trail to date.

backpacking
3 months ago

So beautiful !

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months 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
3 months 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail, loved the beautiful views.

3 months ago

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

4 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.

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