• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico


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.


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


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


Toads and salamanders in the desert? More ->

Tiger swallowtail


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

Did You Know?

Image of tinaja on mesa top at El Morro National Monument

It is likely the early inhabitants of Atsinna Pueblo at El Morro National Monument collected water when they could from the many tinajas found across the top of the mesa. These natural depressions in the sandstone hold rain during the summer monsoons and snowmelt during the winter.