• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

History & Culture

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Photo By Chris Reed
 

From a main east-west trail, dating from antiquity, rises the great sandstone promontory of El Morro. Over the centuries, those who traveled this trail stopped to camp at the shaded oasis beneath these cliffs. They left the carved evidence of their passing -- symbols, names, dates, and fragments of their stories that register the cultures and history intermingled on the rock.

Did You Know?

Image of pueblo ruin site at El Morro National Monument

It is estimated that the mesa-top pueblo at El Morro National Monument contained about 875 rooms. However to see it is deceiving—only a small corner of the pueblo was ever excavated.