The national monument is somewhat isolated but well signposted, starting from exits 259 (NM 22) or 264 (NM 16) of interstate 25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Both roads are relatively busy, and converge at Pena Blanca
after which NM 22 is narrower, passing through several sleepy settlements. The highway turns north in front of the 4.5 mile wide, 250 feet high Cochiti Dam
across the Rio Grande - a rather incongruous sight in the otherwise natural, unspoilt valley, this was completed in 1975 and now contains the 7 mile long Cochiti Lake
, popular for fishing and boating. The main road bends back to the southwest into Pueblo de Cochiti, the main village in the 53,779 acre Cochiti Indian Reservation
Road from Cochiti Pueblo
The pueblo has a few facilities including a store and gas station, and is a welcoming place, with opportunities to view the life and history of the native peoples. The one main regulation is a ban on photography and all forms of recording, even drawing and painting. The last 5 miles of the route to the tent rocks is along BIA 92 (later FR 266) - once a bumpy gravel track, this was paved in 2010 as far as the rocks. Although the track continues through large areas of public BLM land in the Santa Fe National Forest and the Jemez Mountains
, the country surrounding the national monument is privately owned, so various signs warn of no trespassing and other land use regulations. In the monument, the main activity is hiking
along one of the two maintained trails. As of 2009, dogs are not permitted.