• Historic inscriptions carved in the bluff at El Morro.

    El Morro

    National Monument New Mexico

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Things To Do

Orton inscription from 1866

NPS photo

If you have an hour or less . . .

Walk the Inscription Trail and see why El Morro was proclaimed a national monument.This trail takes you to the pool and past hundreds of Spanish and Anglo inscriptions, as well as pre–historical petroglyphs. If you still have time when you return to the visitor center, watch the 15 minute video in the museum.

Interesting formations await you on top of the bluff.

NPS photo

If you have 1.5 hours . . .

Walk the entire 2–mile Headland Trail. This includes the Inscription Trail but also continues to the top of the bluff for a look into the Ancestral Puebloan ruin, Atsinna. Portions or all of the Headland Trail may be closed during the winter months.
A hiker on the Headland Trail marvels at the views.

NPS Photo by S. Beckwith

If you have 2 hours or more . . .

Watch the 15-minute film for a great introduction to El Morro National Monument, walk the 2-mile Headland Trail, and finally, explore the exhibits and browse the bookstore back at the visitor center.

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.