Gotta love these columns of weathered rock (hoodoos) that are the starlings of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Many times along this beautiful hike I belted out the song “Who do you love?” … because I was completely enamored with these towering rocks that jutted up to the clear blue New Mexico sky.
One a lovely weekend in November, we decided to make it a baker’s dozen for our 12-park goal for 2014, with a visit to this 13th national monument. Only about an hour north of our home in Albuquerque, Tent Rocks is a popular site for local explorers.
For this first-time adventure we brought along some other Murrays to help us explore. We were very impressed with these two little ones and their endurance in climbing to the top of this scenic plateau with amazing views of both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Because this is a newly established national monument, it lacks the glamour of a fancy visitors center, gift shop and rangers in awesome hats. But what infrastructure it misses, it hits the mark in a pure and simple landscape.
In addition to the awesome hoodoo views, there is also a beautiful slot canyon that leads you through the park that is chockfull of mini-explorations that were fun for the whole family! This is a definitely a spot that we’ll be returning to with more family and friends.