Hot Spot - Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is suffering from the severe impacts of outdoor activities. As one of the 2018 Hot Spot selections, it will receive a unique blend of education programs, service projects, targeted agency training, and expert consulting. The result is areas on the road to a healthy and sustainable recovery with site-specific Leave No Trace tools in place.

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in north-central New Mexico is well known for its cone-shaped tent rock formations. These formations are the product of a volcanic eruption that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. The monument provides opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geological observation and plant identification. The monument sees over 130,000 visitors annually on its less than three miles of trail. This high usage on a small area has created numerous impacts including visitors traveling off trail, trail erosion, litter, human waste, and visitors climbing on and damaging the unique rock formations. 

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to execute a week of targeted training, education programs and service work with agency staff, key stakeholders and members of the local community. The overall goal of these efforts is the long-term improvement of resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts in the forest, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans and increased use of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. This week of action based events is just one step in helping the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on its road to recovery.