Plan A Field Trip

A group of students gather around a ranger. The ranger is holding a photo.
A ranger will greet you to introduce you to the trails.

NPS Photo/P. Reed

Planning Ahead

El Morro National Monument's goals for your visit are to protect the unique resources of El Morro and to help provide a safe and educational setting for your students. To do this, we need your help. By planning ahead and being prepared for what to expect when you’re here, a school visit can be enjoyable as well as educational for all.


Spring and fall bring heavy visitation from schools to the monument. To ensure every group has a quality experience, a reservation system has been implemented. While the monument no longer charges an entrance fee, all educators hoping to bring students to El Morro must:

  • Email the Education Specialist in order to obtain a Reservation Request Form.
  • Education Reservation Request Forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the intended field trip date.
  • Receive confirmation. Your school can not be confirmed until the School Visit Reservation form is recevied.
Please note that El Morro National Monument is open 9am-5pm Thursday-Monday. We are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and therefore cannot accomodate school groups.


What are your curriculum goals, and how does a visit to El Morro meet your needs?

A trip to El Morro National Monument can encompass many potential curriculum topics. Geology, Indigenous history, Spanish exploration, American expansion, and the unique ecosystem of the Colorado Plateau make this area a rich stopping place to learn.

While planning your trip, consider how this park in specific offers students’ educational opportunities. Include course outline information or an applicable lesson plan when contacting the School Group Coordinator.

Advice for Teachers and Chaperones

When planning your visit to El Morro, keep in mind that we require at least one chaperone to every seven students. This helps maintain a safe and effective learning environment and is a requirement for getting a School Visit Reservation.

While Park Rangers will welcome and orient your group to El Morro, it is the teachers and chaperones that oversee the groups. This means disciplining and managing students as well as correcting their actions.

Certain cultures prohibit visiting pueblo sites. If you have any students who are raised with these traditional values, this should be considered when planning your visit to El Morro. Accommodations can be made, such as limiting the hike to the Inscription Rock Trail, or supplementing with the free, on-demand film available in the Visitor Center.

Last updated: April 23, 2024

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