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9/5/18 to 9/12/18 Trailer Ranch RV Park, Santa Fe NM;  Part 4 Tent Rocks

Kasha-Katuew Tent Rocks National Monument:

About half way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque is a fantastic hike through a slot canyon rising up to a short but steep climb to viewpoints looking down into unique cone shaped hoodoos.

“The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a pyroclastic flow. Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps that protect the softer pumice and tuff below. Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating. While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet up to 90 feet”

walking through the slot canyon

A storm was brewing.

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