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KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS NATIONAL MONUMENT

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KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS NATIONAL MONUMENT is a beautiful national monument located in the northeast area of Tanzania. It’s an 800-hectare site with many different types of trees and plants. The name KASHA-KATUWE comes from the word “Ngosho” which means “to be happy.” This place should make you very happy because it has stunning views and breathtaking landscapes. There are also over 40,000 giant stones that were put there by hand to create this amazing work of art.

 

KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS

The beauty at KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS NATIONAL MONUMENT is not what makes it special though; the history behind these amazing rocks tells us

For many, a visit to the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a journey into one of New Mexico’s most awe inspiring landforms. The monument consists of jagged rocks that have been sculpted over time from wind erosion and frost weathering.

These rock formations are some of the oldest in North America and can reach as high as 1,500 feet above sea level. Visitors who travel up to this area will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views that stretch all the way back down to Jemez Springs below. The best part about visiting this national monument is experiencing it for yourself!

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The monument includes five miles of hiking trails which take visitors from 5 570 feet up into mountains over 7 000 ft high!

 

Prohibitions and Restrictions

  • The Monument is closed to dogs, excluding service animals.
  • Day Use Only
  • No open fires, shooting, alcoholic beverages, glass containers or climbing on the “tent rocks.”
  • Do not trespass on tribal, private, or state land.
  • Access to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks may be closed by order of the Cochiti Tribal Governor. Closures will be posted at the gate.
  • No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes are allowed.
  • Protect live trees and shrubs. You may not cut green trees or firewood without a permit.
  • No collecting of plants, rocks, obsidian “apache tears,” or wildlife.
  • Please stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Geocaching is prohibited.
  • Please, do not feed the wildlife
  • Hunting and recreational shooting is not allowed in the Monument.

 

The rocks were formed by the erosion of thick layers of pumice and tuff, which are both more easily eroded than other rock types. The overlying sandstone strata create a barrier so these residual pieces form caprocks on top while being soft enough to erode rapidly downwards creating the spires you see today.

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Known variously as the “stone tents” or simply ‘tent’ of which they are composed, these formations can be found only in a handful of locations around our world. The formation at Pueblo Canyon was welded volcanic ash that spewed from Valles Caldera about 1 million years ago-just another example on how uniquely different the earth’s landscape is!

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