• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

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Indoor Activities

The welcoming visitor center will be your first stop when you visit El Morro.

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The El Morro Visitor Center

Your visit to El Morro National Monument begins here. Park rangers and volunteers are available to answer your questions and orient you to the facilities and self-guided trails. Both trails begin at the visitor center.

Exhibits located in the visitor center span more than 700 years of human history in the El Morro area. A 15-minute video provides a great introduction to the cultural and natural history of El Morro.

The current visitor center was completed in 1964 as part of the Mission 66 effort. Mission 66 was a ten-year program created to revitalize the national parks in time for the 50th anniversary of the National Park Service in 1966.

 
The first ranger cabin welcomed visitors even in the early 1900s.

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Visitors to El Morro didn't always enjoy the modern conveniences of today's visitor center. In fact, the first ranger cabin (pictured left), which also served as a tourist shelter, began as nothing more than a three-sided shed.

The advent of the public works programs of the Depression Era changed all that. A new custodian's residence and visitor contact station (pictured below) were completed in 1939 utilizing Public Works Administration (PWA) funds—one of the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The 1939 sandstone residence now serves as the administrative offices for El Morro. Today it is, as well as the Mission 66 visitor center, as much a part of El Morro's history as the inscriptions themselves.
 
The 1939 visitor center
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Did You Know?

Image of historic Mesa-top Trail at El Morro National Monument

The Headland Trail at El Morro National Monument was hand-carved into the sandstone by a Civil Works Administration (CWA) crew in 1933. CWA was one of the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.