Tent Rocks Trail

MODERATE 277 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
938 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.

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1 day ago

View from the top is amazing!!!!

3 days ago

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3 days ago

This was a great and easy hike. The view was absolutely amazing! Must go on this hike. Will recommend to anyone! I will be doing this hike again soon!

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7 days ago

Great hike! I agree with the other reviews stating it is best to start early.

hiking
7 days ago

I was surprised to discover how many people had never heard of the Tent Rocks. Perhaps it's because their National Monument distinction is relatively new. Definitely worth the drive from Santa Fe for a moderate hike. Slot canyons, a beautiful overlook from the summit, and formations that look like melting ice cream await! I was told the only other place on earth where these types of formations exist is in Turkey, so go!

hiking
7 days ago

Easy and kid friendly. There is a small section with a step incline but overall the trail is easy to walk and the sites and unbelievable. The rocks are carved from a volcanic eruption. Once you get to the top you're able to see the Rio Grande Valley, Jemenez national park and the tent rocks. I definitely recommend going!

hiking
9 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! We drove four hours to hike here and it was 110% worth it. The rock formations are incredible to see and you get to go through some slot canyons too! We went on a weekday and there was a moderate amount of people, so if you go on a weekend expect heavy traffic. It's an easy trail, there were a lot of senior adults on the trail. *Take cash! They do not accept cards at the gate!* No dogs allowed!

hiking
10 days ago

Love, love, love this hike. Incredibly beautiful. Go in the morning or cooler months! Gets hot quick.

hiking
10 days ago

The best trail I've done so far! I was under the impression that the monument would just be an overlook or a trail through the tent rocks. But you actually get to walk through a slot canyon (and it felt amazing in between the rocks, so cool), around tent rocks, and then up to the top of a mountain, where you get a nice overlook of the tent rocks. It was just amazing. You get so high up and it's not very difficult at all. Just be sure to bring water and sunscreen bc I got a little burnt! :-) we went in the morning, Id say the earlier you get there the better.

12 days ago

Major bang for your buck. Very short hike with rewarding views the entire way. Views change from desert to canyon to tent rocks, with a stunning 360 view.

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15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This is a beautiful and unique hike that brings you up close, and then looking down on a unique geological formation. I hiked this trail with my son early in the morning and will never forget the walk. If you arrive just as the park opens you will beat the heat, and you will have the place to yourself.

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16 days ago

Great experience, lots of people on the trail. The rock formations and view from the top were magnificent. We contemplated turn gin back because of some looming and significant rain clouds, but pushed on. It was worth it and did get caught in the storm a bit on the way down.

hiking
18 days ago

An absolute must-do hike! The "Slot Canyon Trail" is the out and back trail that brings you through narrow canyons and up close and personal through the tent rock formations. The "Cave Loop Trail" has a cool cave but you can't go into it. It doesn't have much shade so I'd recommend doing this one when it's not too hot. Also, the posted hours state 7am-7pm in the Spring/Summer (starting in March). However, we attempted this hike the day before around 5:20pm and the park ranger told us we would be turned away at 5:30pm. We decided to just come back the next day instead. Definitely worth the drive/wait!