What an amazing place. Just a few miles from where we are staying near Cochiti Lake is the most amazing geology lesson. These “tents” are formed from wind erosion and the process is very evident as you hike below, between and above these spectacular rocks. No dogs allowed and for that we were thankful. Not a dog friendly hike at all! Not to mention, if you’re caught with a dog at the monument, it could result in a large fine, and up to a year in prison! 😳
The different layers seen are the result of a nearby volcanic eruption over 6 million years ago.
Notice the giant boulder that appears to be stuck on the side of the rock. It’s actually a cap on a forming tent like the smaller one more formed on the lower right.
This is a great illustration of new vs. old tent formation.
Hiking through the canyon. Some areas the walking path was only a few inches. Thankfully the space between rocks was wider 😊
At the very top. Major wind and Betsy was a bit afraid of getting too close to the edge….it’s a long way down!
A Caveat made by the Pueblo natives. Carved out of the soft volcanic ash, you can still see the smoke residue on the ceiling. Some of these dwellings were pretty elaborate.
See the tiny people sanding by the edge on top? That’s where the previous photo was taken. A bit scary for me! Even weirder, there were a bunch of school kids with limited supervision up there!
Spectacular views all around. We are thinking of going back for an early morning trip to see if we can get to the top in time for sunrise.