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May 12, 2016 - Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks NM

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico (near Cochiti), is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed site. Kasha-Katuwe means "white cliffs" in the Pueblo language Keresan. The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are...

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Oct 13, 2012 - Cochiti Lake, NM - Wild Weather

(Ron Writing) Yesterday we did a little shopping in the morning and then left Albuquerque shortly after noon and headed north about 40 miles to Cochiti Lake Corps of Engineers Campground. Cochiti Lake is formed by a dam on the Rio Grande River and the Santa Fe River. We were at this campground for a few days last year and enjoyed our stay. When we arrived to check-in, we were told that the CG has no fresh water – their well went dry due to the prolonged drought in this area. Luckily we had filled our fresh water tank just two days ago so we...

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Oct 4, 2011 - Cochiti, NM - Lake Cochiti COE - Part 2

Friday, the 30th, we headed for Santa Fe bright and early to try and avoid the crowds - nice try but no cigar. We mainly just wanted to go to the plaza and stroll around it. I cannot imagine how crowded this place is during the regular season as it was very busy the morning we went. Of course some of the crowd is due to the balloon festival being held in Albuquerque since it is less than an hour away. The Santa Fe Plaza is a small plaza with many shops around it on the side streets radiating out from the plaza center. We spent a couple of...

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Sep 29, 2011 - Cochiti, NM - Lake Cochiti COE

Our trip from Raton to Cochiti Lake, NM covered 221 miles including a 16 mile detour to Fort Union National Historic Site and another 12 mile detour to Pecos National Historic Park. Most of the travel was along good roads on Interstate 25 so we made good time but it was still an eight hour day after the two stops. We are staying at a Corp of Engineer campground on Cochiti Lake about 30 minutes Northwest of Santa Fe, NM. The lake was created by damming up the Rio Grande River, yes the same river that separates Texas and Mexico. It starts...

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