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[photo] Inscription Rock (above) and a broader view of El Morro National Monument (below)
National Park Service photo by Fred Mang, Jr., (above) and NPS Digital Archive (below)[photo]

El Morro, also known as "Inscription Rock," is a massive rock formation which rises more than 200 feet above the plains. On top of the formation are the remains of two Anasazi pueblos, the most complete of which is A'ts'ina, built in 1275 A.D. With almost 900 rooms this pueblo is thought to have housed between 1000 and 1500 people. El Morro's base contains hundreds of Indian petroglyphs and the chiseled names of numerous explorers, soldiers, settlers and immigrants. The first European inscription was made in 1605 by Juan de Oņate, first governor of New Mexico.

El Morro National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, is 43 miles southwest of Grants, New Mexico, off NM 53. Open daily from 8:00am to 7:00pm (Memorial Day-Labor Day); 9:00am to 5:00pm the rest of the year. Please call 505-783-4226, or visit the park's website for further information.


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