Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Infobox_protected_area | name = Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
iucn_category = III



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location = Sandoval County, New Mexico, USA
nearest_city = Santa Fe, NM
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area = 4,148 acres (16.78 km²)
established = January 17, 2001
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governing_body = U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico (near Cochiti), is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed site that was established as a U.S. National Monument by President Bill Clinton in January 2001 shortly before leaving office.

The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by a volcanic explosion. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks.

The monument is open for day use only and may be closed by order of the Cochiti Pueblo Tribal Governor. A 1.2 mile (1.9 km) recreation trail leads up through a slot canyon to a lookout point where the tent rocks may be viewed from above. A 1.3 mile (2 km) loop trail leads past their base. The park is located between 5700 and 6400 feet (1737-1951 m) above sea level.

The Monument is unit of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System.

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External links

* [http://www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/albuquerque/kasha_katuwe.htm U.S. Bureau of Land Management webpage for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument]
* [http://www.conservationsystem.org/conservationsystem The Conservation System Alliance]
* [http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/tour/federal/monuments/tentrocks/home.html Geologic Tour for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources]
* [http://www.explorenm.com/hikes/TentRocks/ More Hiking Information for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument]
* [http://www.americansouthwest.net/new_mexico/kasha-katuwe-tent-rocks/national-monument.html History and Driving Suggestions for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument]
* [http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g46992-d268906-Reviews-Kasha_Katuwe_Tent_Rocks_National_Monument-Cochiti_Pueblo_New_Mexico.html Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on TripAdvisor]


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