• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

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Operating Hours & Seasons

2014 Spring Hours:
(Continue through Wednesday, June 4, 2014)
Visitor Center-9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trails-9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please plan on being here by 4:00 p.m. at the latest to walk the 1/2-mile Inscription Trail; 3:00 p.m. to walk the entire 2-mile Headland Trail.

2014 Summer Hours:
(Begin Thursday, June 5, 2014 and continue through Monday, September 1, 2014)
Visitor Center-9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Trails-9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please plan on being here by 5:00 p.m. at the latest to walk the 1/2-mile Inscription Trail; 4:00 p.m. to walk the entire 2-mile Headland Trail.

2014 Fall Hours:
(Begin Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and continue through Monday, October 13, 2014)
Visitor Center-9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trails-9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please plan on being here by 4:00 p.m. at the latest to walk the 1/2-mile Inscription Trail; 3:00 p.m. to walk the entire 2-mile Headland Trail.

2014 - 2015 Winter Hours:
(Winter hours begin Tuesday, October 14, 2014 and will remain in effect until Friday, May 22, 2015)
Visitor Center-9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trails-9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please plan on being here by 4:00 p.m. at the latest to walk the 1/2-mile Inscription Trail; 3:00 p.m. to walk the entire 2-mile Headland Trail.


Dates and times are subject to change based upon staffing. Please call the visitor center (505-783-4226 ext. 801) for the most up-to-date information.

Closed December 25 and January 1.

Portions of the park trails, including all of the Headland Trail, may be closed during the winter months (December through mid-May) because of ice and snow. For current trail conditions, call 505 / 783-4226. Visit the Weather page for more information.

 
Image of El Morro with snow
Winter can be a beautiful time to visit.
NPS photo by Sarah Beckwith

Did You Know?

Image of Simpson and Kern inscription from 1849

The first English inscription at El Morro, carved into the rock by Lt. J. H. Simpson and R. H. Kern in 1849, has a spelling error: "inscriptions" was spelled "insciptions" with the "r" inserted afterwards.