The El Morro Visitor Center
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.