Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
At this point in my journey across America, I had already visited several natural landmarks. I had successfully driven my Jeep (and attached trailer) through many uncomfortable parking lots and was ready to brave the streets of a small city like Santa FE, NM. I asked for suggestions on where to go while using Instagram one morning and I received a message about the Tent Rocks. Though I had visited my fair share of state parks already, there was (and always is) a spot in me that chases beauty.
I jumped in my car and headed out for the quick 45-minute drive to Kasha-Katuwe. I wanted to try to beat any hiking traffic at this popular location and to have enough space to park my car and trailer.
The parking lot was wide open when I arrived. These tent shaped rocks were tucked into a mountain range, only visible once you drive down the narrow road past the park entrance (with a fee of $5).
From a distance, the rocks looked white. They cascaded in an angle, with intricate lines and shapes. The entrance was very open, and I was glad to have a map to know I was going in the right direction to find the start. Once I found it, the path was easily marked and there was a restroom right at the start (or end) of the trail. You could choose to hike to the top of the rocks, or follow a path through them.
As I walked closer, the rock color (through my sunglass lenses) looked like a peachy-pink tan. They were so incredible to walk through. There were some parts of the path where you had climb in order to continue on, but it wasn’t too strenuous.
Because I only allotted one full day of exploration at each stop, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get through the entire trail. I reached a point where I knew I had to turn around in order to make it back to Santa Fe with time to explore the city.
I could have easily spent an entire day at the Tent Rocks park. Someday I plan to return and do just that! What a rare and special experience it is to appreciate the Earth and to see the literal beauty from ashes.