Paso por aqui...

Imagine the comfort and refreshment of finding water after days of dusty travel. A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro (the headland) a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Here, Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs. We invite you to make El Morro a stopping point on your travels.


Hikers cross the mesa top on the Headland Trail.


Take a short walk to view hundreds of inscriptions and petroglyphs. Hike to the top of the bluff for breathtaking views and Ancestral Puebloan ruins.

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Visitors participate in a ranger-led hike.

Ranger Programs

Explore El Morro and nearby El Malpais National Monuments. In the summer we offer Ranger-led programs; guided hikes, bat flights and special events.

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Image of a Spanish inscription carved by Ramon Garcia Jurado in 1709.

Inscription Preservation

Inscriptions carved in soft sandstone won't last forever. Find out what the National Park Service is doing to delay the effects of time and weather.

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