Tent Rocks is about 1 1/2 hours from Albuquerque near Cochiti Lake. We'll meet at the Target on Paseo del Norte and I-25 and car pool up.
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. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a “pyroclastic flow.” Canyon Trail is a 1.5-mile, one-way trek into a narrow canyon with a steep (630-ft) climb to the mesa top for excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia mountains and the Rio Grande Valley. Bring a snack or lunch and we'll enjoy the views from the top of the Mesa before heading back down. The trip will be cancelled if much snow falls in that area in the week before the hike.