Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ABC Wednesday "M": Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

The tent rocks were a little known site before their elevation to national monument status in January 2001, but now the area has improved access and facilities, and sees a steady stream of visitors. Kasha-Katuwe is a Keresan phrase meaning 'white cliffs', Keres being the traditional language of the pueblo tribes of northern New Mexico. The teepee-like formations cover a small area but are quite remarkable, unique in the Southwest - hundreds of white, pinkish or grey spires, sharply conical in shape, lacking any covering vegetation, that occur in several groups on the east side of Peralta Canyon, on the Pajarito Plateau 40 miles west of Santa Fe. For more information about this marvelous place, click here.

Randem of Santa Fe Daily Photo recently featured several photos of the area, and I'd like to add to his collection because visiting this area is a remarkable experience. If you want to visit, better hurry because I recently read in the New Mexican newspaper that the site will be closed during June and July, 2010 to upgrade the dirt road into the park to asphalt pavement, making the drive in more accessible. It is a national monument not to be missed, especially if you enjoy hiking and beauty!

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19 comments:

  1. Quite extraordinary - like huge pumice stones!

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  2. How amazing. Extraordinary rocks.

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  3. This is so unusual! I've never been to see this and I think I will have to do that soon.

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  4. Neat! I have never heard of them before.

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  5. Amazing. I have never seen this phenomenon before. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. This is phenomenonal! Never heard of it.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  7. Fantastic! As many times as I've been to New Mexico I've never heard of them, now I want to go back! Terrific capture and thanks for the additional information as well! Terrific post for the day!

    Sylvia

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  8. Very interesting info and picture, thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love all kinds of rock formations! And these look very cool. Great info also. I like your header shot!

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  10. Wouldn't it be neat if they were all caves inside? Great shot of a marvelous monument!

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  11. Good choice! So, are you back in Minnesota now?

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  12. Oh wow, it does look like petrified tents. What a brilliant site. Another one for my list of places to visit...

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  13. Very interesting, Kate. I hope the rocks will ride out the gathering crowd of visitors.

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  14. I have never seen anything like this: awesome!

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  15. You truly live in an amazing part of the country. So rich in history and heritage.

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  16. Those look quite extraordinary - are they eroded, or volcanic? Another park I'd like to visit someday, anyway!

    My site is back up now, if you tried earlier and failed. ;)

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  17. What a unique and well photographed and explained.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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  18. great post, I am interesting in it!

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