Basic Information

El Morro National Monument

2018-2019 Hours: (Summer hours begin Sunday, June 24, 2018 and will remain in effect until Monday, September 3, 2018 ) Visitor Center-9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Trails-9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please plan to be here by 5:00 pm at the latest to walk the Inscription Trail. Be here by 4:00 pm at the latest to hike the Headland Trail. Closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. The entire monument, including trails, follow the hours posted above.

2018-2019 Hours: (Winter hours begin Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and will remain in effect until Friday, May 31, 2019 ) Visitor Center-9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Trails-9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please plan to be here by 4:00 pm at the latest to walk the Inscription Trail. Be here by 3:00 pm at the latest to hike the Headland Trail. Closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. The entire monument, including trails, follow the hours posted above.

At an elevation of 7,219 feet (2200 meters) winters can be cold and snowy. Summers are warm with afternoon thunder showers from mid-July through mid-September. Trails can close unexpectedly due to severe weather. Average snowfall: 40 inches per year. Average precipitation (snowmelt and rain): 16 inches per year. Warmest month: July, with average highs of 84 degrees and lows of 52 degrees. Coldest months: December and January, with average lows of 14-15 degrees, and average highs of 44-45 degrees.

Entrance Fees:

El Morro National Monument Entrance Fee - $0.00

There is no fee to enter El Morro National Monument.

El Morro Visitor Center

Park rangers will assist you with park information, orientation, and interpretation about El Morro.

 
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El Morro framed by sunflowers.

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El Morro National Monument's archeological and historical treasures weave a colorful tapestry of the peopling of New Mexico.

Perhaps it was the very human notion of immortality that compelled people to leave their carvings on the rock at El Morro. Hundreds of petroglyphs bear witness to the lives of ancestral Puebloans. Archaic Spanish inscriptions proclaim, "Paso por aqui" (I passed by here). Still other inscriptions mark the journeys of early American pioneers, western emigrants, soldiers and railroad surveyors. These wielders of stone and steel, who reached out to passers-by of the future left a rare gift.

High atop the cuesta, the ancestral pueblo of Atsinna stands silent watch. Built around 1275 AD by the ancestors of the Zuni, the pueblo gave rise to a busy, thriving community. Today its remnant rooms and walls provide a glimpse into the past and a tie to the Zuni homeland.









Last updated: June 24, 2018

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Mailing Address:

HC 61 Box 43
Ramah, NM 87321

Phone:

(505) 783-4226 x801

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