Ghost Hoodoos–Tent Rocks National Monument
While I have explored New Mexico quite extensively, this was a new and wonderful destination for me: the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. This may just be my favorite place in New Mexico now.
The air was dry and the sky was blue (despite the raging wildfires throughout the Southwestern United States). The sun was intense, but the slot canyon provided welcome shade and relief from the intense summer glare.
You can easily see why these hoodoos are called “tent rocks.” Many of them, especially from a distance, look like they could be tents built by humans as ancient dwelling places. (Of course, some also look like they belong in Whoville or some other fantasy landscape.)
The monument is a little off the beaten path, but not far from Albuquerque or Santa Fe. If you’re ever visiting the area, it’s well worth your trouble! (Just don’t forget the sunscreen, and carry lots of water!)