Basic Information

Visitor Center, Picnic Area, and Park Trails

Hours:
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Trails close one hour earlier)
* * Please Note: If you wish to hike the park trails, please plan to arrive before 4 p.m. to walk the Inscription Loop Trail, and before 2:30 p.m. to hike the longer, more stenuous Headland Trail. The park trails are not accessible after hours, or on the following holidays:

Closed Thanksgiving Day (November 25), Christmas (December 25), and New Year's (January 1).

Dates and times are subject to change based on staffing. Please call the visitor center (505-783-4226 ext. 801) for the most up-to-date information.

Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to El Morro National Monument, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside the park visitor center and all park buildings. 

Park Campground

Hours:
The campground is open year round, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Campsites are available on a first come-first served basis.

Portions of the park trails, including all of the Headland Trail, may be closed during the winter months (November through mid-May) because of ice and snow. For current trail conditions, call 505 / 783-4226 x801. Visit the Weather page for more information.

Entrance Fees:

 
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El Morro framed by sunflowers.

NPS Photo

 
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: August 8, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

HC 61 Box 43
Mile Marker 44.6 Hwy 53

Ramah, NM 87321

Phone:

(505) 783-4226 x801

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