Tent Rocks, New Mexico

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Tent Rocks, New Mexico
Created On: Jan 20, 2010
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Tent Rocks

inside Dogs used to be allowed
self timerWinter visit

The local indians call it Kasha-Katuwe, which means the same "Tent Rocks".

This is one of the places I keep coming back. I visited this place 10x? I honestly do not know. I remember vividly the first visit - 1996. This place was completely unknown, no tourist books mentioned it, there were no signs, no parking lot. I wandered around the area for hours before I discovered the entry to the narrow slot.

Then the beauty of this place spread out, it got listed on websites, tourist books, hiking books, become developed, they started charging fees, developed a nice parking area, placed signs, trails, toilets, benches along the trail, and the place became crowded. It is National Monument now, and since the fall of 2009 no dogs are allowed. You are not even allowed to have a dog inside your car. They will turn you around at the pay area. (I posted some photos of Duchess enjoying this place during the time when dogs were freely admitted).

Location

snow covered teepeesSnow covered tipi shaped rocks
Michael disappearing insideInside the slot


It is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque. There is a big sing on Interstate 25 (the main highway in the state connecting the largest city Albuquerque with the capital city Santa Fe).
Take exit for Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (exit 259) off I-25. Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and signs for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.
You will have to take a FR 266, which is a gravel road, well kept and no high clearance or 4WD are necessary.

Red Tape

You have to pay 5$ entry fee at the entrance station per vehicle.
Or, if you know the Jemez area really well, there is an access on a rough dirt road though Jemez. This rough dirt road is closed during the winter, and it takes a long time (roughly 2 hrs).





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Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - Jan 21, 2010 6:13 am - Voted 10/10

Once again...

Once again good work!!!
Congrats!!! :-)
Romek

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 21, 2010 9:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Once again...

Thanks Romek... this would be a great place for you to paint... many inspiring features...
Almost like Georgia O'Keefe...

Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - Jan 21, 2010 12:44 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Once again...

Liba,
you are right!
First some inspiration, next movement of brush :-)
Cheers!!!!
Romek

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 21, 2010 1:14 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Once again...

I wish to have your talent... but it does not look so difficult to copy these shapes... maybe I will try some day..

RayMondo

RayMondo - Jan 21, 2010 12:07 pm - Voted 10/10

The formations are really something!

Never seen anything like it. Great that you've also been there in the early days when it was solitary and all to oneself.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 21, 2010 1:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: The formations are really something!

Thanks...It is still pretty, and empty on weekdays, but weekends are way too busy for my taste.

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 21, 2010 7:46 pm - Voted 10/10

Wonderful!

Dear Liba, this is amazing!

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 21, 2010 10:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

Thank you Maurice. You have some very impressive photos + in tent rocks, it is so easy to take pictures...everything is sehr shon (I do not know how to do that mark above o). Meine Deutch is sehr einfach. haha

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 22, 2010 3:43 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

Krásny novy rok drahý Liba! :-)

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 22, 2010 11:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

Alles gutte in neuen Jahr...haha
Did you have to use a translator?

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 22, 2010 1:35 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

Only for the word drahý...I didn't want to leave that out! :0)

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 22, 2010 1:57 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

do you know that drahY is maskuline? and for a woman you have to write drahA? hahaha Translators are funny this way... Thank you so much for trying anyway...

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 22, 2010 3:22 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

Oh, I'm sorry...díky, draha Liba!

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 22, 2010 3:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

Or is it "díkA" as well? ;-)))

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 22, 2010 9:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

No, it is diky. Vielen Dank Maurice. Du bist sehr lieb...

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 23, 2010 3:20 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

Danke - Du auch, Liba! :-)

Liebe Grüsse,

Eric (Maurice Ravel is one of my favorite composers!)

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jan 23, 2010 11:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful!

Ich mag Eric, viel besser als Maurice.
Und ich muss horen einen Komponisten Maurice Ravel. Ich kenne ihn nicht. Welches Musikinstrument spielst do? Ich habe einen Acordeon.

EricChu

EricChu - Jan 24, 2010 3:45 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Wonderful!

Und? Spielst Du auch auf dem Akkordeon? Auch das kann ein schönes Instrument sein, besonders wenn dazu gesungen wird! Ich selber bin Pianist.

Alles Liebe Dir, draha Liba und ich wünsche Dir ein krásný Ned?le,

Eric

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - May 22, 2010 12:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Hi Liba,

which gym? climbing? or Sports&Wellness? yes, my albums are public, and you are more than welcome to add any photos etc.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - May 22, 2010 11:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Hi Liba,

I am not sure how to change the album settings... do you go to the gym often? I am looking for partners to climb with...
Thanks for attaching those photos...

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