A small rabbit in a patch of grass surrounded by snow
A desert cottontail on a winter day

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Gathering at the watering hole

The pool of water at El Morro National Monument has been a haven for animals of all sorts. Many mammal species make their home in the arid region, including rabbits, elk, and bear.

Small Mammals

Desert cottontails, rock squirrels, and chipmunks are some of the commonly seen mammals at El Morro. These creatures are often seen while hiking the Inscription Loop or Headland Trail. Some visitors may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a fox, badger, or coyote that also make their home in the El Morro valley.

Large Mammals

Many large mammals are found in the area around El Morro. Deer, elk, and the occasional pronghorn graze in the savanna around the cliff. Mountain lions and black bears have also been sighted in the area, but evidence of their presence in the form of scat and tracks is more common.


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Last updated: October 27, 2022

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