Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in the Keresan language which is the traditional language of Cochiti Pueblo. This park which is operated by the BLM as a national park is beautiful in a stark surreal way. The cone shaped formations are volcanic hoodoos. They were formed by volcanic eruptions from the Jemez volcanic complex 6-7 million years ago.
Many of the “tents” are topped by boulder caps which protect the softer pumice below. The ones which have lost their boulder caps are rapidly disintegrating.
There are several trails around the park, ranging from very easy and wheelchair accessible to moderate with a 621 foot climb in elevation. We went around the Cave Trail which was a fairly easy 1.2 mile hike.
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is an easy drive from Albuquerque or Santa Fe. It is well worth the trip!