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Cave Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
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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A picturesque trail that winds through the Kasha-Katuwe Monument’s unique tent-shaped hoodoos.

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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 running 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 run, 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 runners to the trailhead where they started.

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Oct 28, 2018
Michal P
Sep 16, 2017
NICOLAS NOUVEL
combined both trails cave loop and canyon trail plus a little off trail 4.7mi

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Slot Canyon Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
Slot Canyon Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
Slot Canyon Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
Slot Canyon Trail
Dec 10, 2017 near Santo D…, NM
Tent Rocks.
Nov 23, 2016 near Santo D…, NM
Tent Rocks.
Nov 23, 2016 near Santo D…, NM

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