• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

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Camping and Picnicking

Image of campers at the El Morro campground

Campers enjoy the shade and tranquility found at the El Morro campground.

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El Morro National Monument operates a nine-site campground year-round. Each site has a graveled tent pad, picnic table and ground grill for fires. During the warmer months, water is available in spigots. Once the overnight low's begin to reach freezing temperatures, water is turned off for the season. There are no hookups for RVs. The length limit on all motor homes is 27 feet overall. One site, #5, is handicapped accessible.

Sites are available by self-registration on a first-come, first-served basis (reservations not accepted). The campground occasionally fills-up on weekends from May through September. As of April 1, 2013, El Morro National Monument no longer collects camping fees. Campsites are fee free.

Fires are permitted in provided grills only. Please comply with any seasonal fire restrictions. Collection of firewood within the monument is prohibited, so bring firewood with you if you intend to have a campfire.

Image of picnic table in the El Morro picnic area

What a lovely place for a picnic!

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Enjoy a picnic lunch after you work up an appetite on the trail. The picnic area is located near the visitor center and open during the same hours as the visitor center. A group picnic site with four tables and a grill is available when not reserved in advance for school groups.

Did You Know?

Image of children reading inscriptions at El Morro National Monument

If you walk the Inscription Loop Trail at El Morro National Monument, you can see some 2000 petroglyphs and inscriptions. The inscriptions date back to the 1600s when the Spanish traveled through the area.