What are some activities at the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument?


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Activities available at the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument in New Mexico include hiking, birdwatching, plant identification and opportunities to view wildlife. Hikers can follow a choice of trails 5,570 to 6,760 feet above sea level, where they can experience interesting rock formations, including the eponymous tent-shaped rocks, and enjoy views across surrounding valleys and mountains. There is also a wheelchair-accessible loop trail to the Veterans Memorial.

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The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks national recreational trail divides into two sections: the easy 1.2-mile Cave Loop trail and the more challenging 1.5-mile Canyon Trail that offers a steep one-way hike to the mesa top, where visitors can pause to enjoy the views across the Rio Grande Valley. Birdwatchers might see red-tailed hawks, kestrels and golden eagles, while wildlife enthusiasts might encounter elk, mule deer and wild turkey. Desert plants growing on and around the white cliff faces (Kasha-Katuwe means "white cliffs" in the traditional language of the local Pueblo de Cochiti people) include the manzanita shrub, the Indian paintbrush and the desert marigold.

The BLM.gov Web page for the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks offers interactive and printable maps of the area, and the Know Before You Go section includes entrance fees, opening hours and driving directions. Dogs are not permitted.

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