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Hike to the top of the mesa to see how colorful El Morro's different types of sandstone are.
North side of rock
Inscription rock looms above the trail.
There are many fascinating sandstone formations to be seen at El Morro.
The bluff at El Morro
El Morro, or "the bluff", is seen here with a dusting of snow on the ground.
The dog on the rock
Some people can make out the image of a dog's profile formed by the dark desert varnish on the face of El Morro.
The Headland Trail
The Headland Trail follows the natural surface of the sandstone bluff.
Hikers who continue on the trail past the inscriptions will see that this sandstone slab is aptly named.
The rock at sunrise
View of El Morro at sunrise
After a summer rain, depressions in the sandstone called "tinajas" are filled with water.
The Top of the Bluff
View of the Headland Trail at dusk.
From the Bluff Top
View from the Headland Trail with the Zuni Mountains in the background.
The Civil Work Administration built the trail to the top and across the top of the mesa in the 1930s. These hand-carved steps are typical of the detailed work the CWA performed during the New Deal Era.
View of the Point of El Morro
The point of the rock at El Morro seen from the trail
Last updated: August 1, 2014