Thursday, September 18, 2008
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
While staying at Cochiti Lake, NM, we decided to hike in the nearby Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the site, all the land surrounding it is tribal owned by the Pueblo de Cochiti. The monument is reached by a 5 mile gravel road through the desert.
The name "Kasha-Satuwe" means "white cliffs" in the traditional Keresan language of the pueblo. The landscape is remarkable, shaped by ancient volcanic eruptions.
Close inspection of the arroyos reveals small, black glassy obsidian fragments,"apache tears", embedded in the rocks. These were created by a rapid cooling of the molten flow.
There are many precariously perched boulder caps on the "hoodoos" or tent shaped structures. A 1.5 mile trek takes you up through the narrow canyon, and is captivating. For some of our photos from that hike, click on the photo below: