Cave Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 209' 64 m
Descent: -181' -55 m
High: 5,951' 1,814 m
Low: 5,742' 1,750 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A picturesque trail that winds through the Kasha-Katuwe Monument’s unique tent-shaped hoodoos.”— Kristen Arendt
Family Friendly An easy loop with great views and a fun landscape to explore.
From the trailhead, the trail heads to the northeast and is well-marked as it winds through the park’s namesake tent rock hoodoos. These formed from erosion after the Jemez volcanic field erupted 6-7 million years ago. The formations are still forming and pumice and tuff are quite fragile so please remain on the trail.
A half-mile into the hike, you’ll arrive at the intersection with the Slot Canyon Trail which heads to the right. Stay to the left here to continue on the Cave Loop Trail. After a short, gradual climb, the trail loops back to the south, returning hikers to the trailhead where they started.
Land Manager: BLM New Mexico - Rio Puerco Field Office