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greenBlue Cave Loop Trail

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Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 209' 64 m
Descent: -181' -55 m
High: 5,951' 1,814 m
Low: 5,742' 1,750 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A picturesque trail that winds through the Kasha-Katuwe Monument’s unique tent-shaped hoodoos.

Kristen Arendt

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Family Friendly An easy loop with great views and a fun landscape to explore.

Description

Of the two main trails at this trailhead for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Tocks National Monument, the Cave Loop Trail is the more difficult, but is also the more picturesque. You’ll start off hiking among the Monument’s unique tent-shaped hoodoos along a sandy trail.

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.

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Check-Ins

Oct 28, 2018
Michal P
May 11, 2018
Matteo F
Mar 10, 2018
Erin Steven
1.2mi
Dec 29, 2017
Dustin Galuppo
Nov 19, 2017
Mark Bernal
Sep 2, 2017
Sabrina Tavella
1.2mi
Aug 20, 2017
Jennifer Holik
Climbed into the cave!
Jul 26, 2017
Jen 'J' Ortiz
With kathy and Felicia

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  3.4 from 10 votes

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in New Mexico

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