• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

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Natural Features & Ecosystems

The pool on a still morning
 
The geology, soils, and unique micro-habitats of El Morro enrich this scenic and historic site. The geological formations that create "The Wall" are far more ancient than the inscriptions and wildlife found on them now.

Cattails growing at the pool's edge

The Pool

An attraction for wildlife as well as thirsty explorers and pueblo inhabitants, the pool continues to be an important oasis. More->

Geologic Formations

The exposed bedrock that forms El Morro has a long geologic history. More ->

Cryptobiotic Soils

The soils are alive and fragile in this arid landscape. More->

Tinajas

Bedrock pools that fill with summer rains are a thriving microcosm of life. 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.