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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

What?? You've never heard of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument? I just heard of it a couple years ago and decided it was a place I wanted to visit.
Only problem is we had to ride a wash-board gravel road for five miles to get there. The bikes are a dusty mess now.
This formation had lots of interesting stone-capped "tents" on it. These are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash and tuff deposits over 1,000' thick.
The boulder "caps" protect the softer pumice and tuff below. This is the start of the trail. There are two trails, the canyon loop and the cave loop.
As we started up the canyon loop, these capped formations loomed overhead.
The volcanic material is layered with bands of gray, beige and pink-colored rocks along the cliff face. These photos really don't show the color.

It looks like the roots of this tree were washed out by the flow of water down the canyon.
The trail follows the canyon floor.

It gets quite narrow in places.

Yes we had to climb up this "slot".
See the interesting cone formation in the lower right. I wanted to get behind it and act like I was licking it but I couldn't get there.

This boulder fell and almost blocked the path.
This is the view at the end of the canyon.
Look at the tree growing out of the top of the stone on the right of the trail.

Nolan taking a break in the shade.
What the heck are they looking at?
Oh, the end of the road. Seems rain has washed rocks into the canyon and blocked it.
It was warm in the sun but quite nice in the shade.

Nolan on the way down the trail.

Back into the narrow part of the canyon.
There's a tree up there growing out of a crack.
We took the cave trail next and saw the cave on the hillside. Heck I thought it was going to be a cave we could go into.

Off in the distance you can see the dust rising from some vehicle going down the road.

Here's a list of movies that have been shot in the area.

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