El Morro NM

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El Morro National Monument

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El Morro National Monument
HC 61 Box 43
Ramah, NM 87321
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EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT IS BOTH A HISTORICAL SITE AND A PLACE OF NATURAL BEAUTY. THIS MASSIVE SANDSTONE BLUFF RISES 250 FT ABOVE THE VALLEY FLOOR.

As a reliable waterhole, travelers have visited El Morro for many centuries, leaving their messages carved into the sandstone. Before them, the Ancestral Puebloan people left many petroglyphs.


The most famous words “Pasó por Aqui” is the first Spanish inscription from Don Juan de Oñate in 1605, the first governor under Spain of New Mexico.

El Morro NM Overview

fees-iconFree entry
camping-iconFree camping
dogfriendly-iconPets allowed on the trail, but must be on a leash
direction-iconFrom I-40, go 41 mi. south on Hwy 53. Turn left into El Morro NM.

El Morro NM Trail

distance-icon2 mi. loop.
difficulty-iconModerate

trailmapTrail Details:
The trail starts along the bottom of the bluff past hundreds of Spanish and Anglo inscriptions and petroglyphs towards the pool. From this point it is 250 ft up to the top, where you’ll find spectacular views of the surrounding area and the Ancestral Puebloan ruin, Atsinna, a 875 room pueblo inhabited by 1500 people. Enjoy views of the box canyon inside. Carry enough water.

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