Last weekend in New Mexico hiking National Monuments

On Saturday the 4th of July we decided to visit The “Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks” National monument which are located only 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, NM. Kasha-Katuwe means “white cliffs” in Pueblo keresan language, the cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.

It was such a incredibly beautiful hike, and we ended up taking almost a hundred photos, and now I am having a hard time limiting myself on which ones to post.. the hike alone was breathtaking with lots of twists and turns, squeezing in between boulders and climbing up mountains.  Not recommended for beginners, but if its your thing it will get your heart going in many levels.

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After our day hike on Saturday we decided to check out the 4th of July parade in Madrid, NM, our new favorite small town in the area. We drove right through the tiny parade until finding a place to park and then going right to finding a lunch spot. We went to “The Hollar”  It was packed but we got in and enjoyed one of the best burgers and side of grits we’ve ever tasted…we surely recommend it!

Feeling the bug again on Sunday our hiking adventures and National Monument visit continued. It was a nice drive to Bandelier National Monument and when we arrived at their new visitor center we had to take a short shuttle since it’s a busier in the summer season. We ended up being two of the few who decided to get off the shuttle and hike down to the main loop, and so glad we did.  This hike down did not disappoint however we didn’t take as many photos but have just enough to show how beautiful the trail was,(right off the side of the canyon side.) It’s amazing to be able to see evidence of ancient human dwellings carved into the rock cliffs and some even had Petroglyphs for you to see inside.

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This photo shows the “The Alcove House at Bandelier National Monument” Which can be reached by climbing a few wooden ladders up the canyon that look like this… not for the faint of heart 🙂 it was much easier going up for me!

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Next stop will be Colorado Springs on Saturday with more hiking trails and a lot more adventures with the motorcycles.