"Pasó por aquí: Passed by here" El Morro National Monument by niamey00

El Morro National Monument Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 40 photos

On a main east-west trail, dating back centuries, rises this great sandstone bluff with a pool at its base. The Zuñi Indians, whose Anasazi ancestors lived here, call it A'ts'ina --- "place of writings on the rock." The Spaniards called it El Morro --- "the headland." Anglo-Americans called it Inscription Rock. Over the centuries those who traveled this trail stopped to camp at the sheltered pool under the cliffs. Many left evidence of their passage by carving names, dates, and symbols into the cliffs of El Morro.

There are two short trails that can be taken at the monument. The first, about a half mile, takes you past the pool and along the cliff walls where you can see the inscriptions left over the past 500 years. The second, about two miles total, continues past the inscription area and to the top of the mesa, where you will find pueblo ruins.

Be sure to get a copy of the trail guide. It contains details about the lives of some of those who left their names here.

  • Last visit to El Morro National Monument: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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