• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

Camping and Picnicking

Image of campers at the El Morro campground

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

NPS photo

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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Picnicking
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 White-throated Swift

El Morro National Monument's avian claim to fame is the White-throated Swift, which was described to science for the very first time here in 1851, by Dr. S. W. Woodhouse of the Sitgreaves Expedition.