Since we’re parked at a Corps of Engineers Park, Cochita Lake, we’ve been taking in the local sites and what wonderful sights we’ve seen. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is just one surprise after another. It sits on the Pueblo de Cochiti.
The first day we went, we started out on the Cave Loop Trail, a 1.2 mile hike. It was a fairly easy hike with just a few steep hills, but all on a wide, relatively smooth trail. We were hiking with Bill and Arlette Klein, fellow full-timers who also live in an Eagle conversion. The rock formations were unique and spectacular, and we thought the additional Slot Canyon trail would probably be worth our time. Since Arlette was having some health challenges that day, we decided to come back and hike the extra 2 miles round trip another day. Shouldn’t take long, right?
We thought the Slot Canyon would be more of the same, but we were very mistaken. The trail is considered difficult (we found out later), but the scenery was beyond belief! We wound our way through a canyon barely wider than shoulder width and hundreds of feet high. The rock formations and strata changed from time to time along the trail.
Along the way, we went around the remains of this interesting tree…
under this one…
and over rocks that were above waist high to me. In the journey to the top, we gained 630 feet of altitude, definitely not “more of the same” of what we did on the Cave Loop.
(Sorry for the view of what probably isn’t my best side, but my photographer was following me.)
Toward the top, we were out in the open. We met lots of people in both directions and one couple from Germany told us to be careful at the top as the path was very narrow. Fortunately, we never came to a part that I considered “very narrow”, so we made it all the way to the point.
Verizon coverage was wonderful at the top, and LeRoy caught me texting to the family. Well hey, we were on top of the world! Why shouldn’t I share?
The view of the Tent Rocks from the top was very different from that at the bottom.
In the far distance we saw storm clouds and snow on the mountains and we were glad they were there and not on Liberty. We’re looking for clear roads ahead!