• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

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Animals

A pair of common ravens perch near the El Morro pond.

Even though it is a small area, El Morro National Monument contains a great diversity of animals, from the tiger salamanders swimming in the cliffside pool to the herds of elk that frequent the prairies and open woodlands. Birds, reptiles, and insects abound, and fascinating invertebrates inhabit the "tinaja" pools that fill bedrock basins at the top of the butte.

Birds

A diversity of habitats attracts many species of birds to El Morro year-round. More ->

Reptiles

Warm summers bring out the snakes and lizards. More->

Amphibians

Toads and salamanders in the desert? More ->

Tiger swallowtail

Butterflies

Wildflowers of every size and color attract amazing butterflies to the monument. More->

Did You Know?

Image of Inscription Rock at El Morro National Monument

Early Spanish travelers called the questa El Morro, which is Spanish for the headland or the bluff. Subsequent American travelers referred to El Morro as Inscription Rock, but when it came to naming the National Monument in 1906, the earlier Spanish name persevered.