Leaders: Pam McBride and Arlene Buchholz
Come join us on the 3-mile round trip Canyon Trail (630 ft elevation gain) to the mesa top for views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, and Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley below. One of the more unusual plants that grows here is point-leaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens); with its red, shiny stems, it really stands out against the buff-colored tuff formations. The monument is 52 miles north of Albuquerque. If you are driving on your own, it is hard to predict exact driving time from Albuquerque, but we will endeavor to arrive by 9:15 at the trailhead. Take the exit for Santo Domingo/ Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Exit 259) off I-25 onto NM Route (SR) 22. Follow the signs on SR 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Turn right off SR 22 at the pueblo turquoise-colored water towers onto the access road, Tribal Route 92, which connects to BLM Road 1011/FS 266. From the fee station, travel 5 miles to the monument’s designated parking/picnic area and trailhead. Bring water, lunch, sun protection, and wear hiking boots. For carpooling we will meet at Far North Shopping Center at San Mateo and Academy Park near Wienerschnitzel at 8:00 am.