Hiking At El Morro National Monument, New Mexico

I went hiking at El Morro National Monument in Northern New Mexico, and I have just returned from that short trip. El Morro is probably one of the nicest national monuments I’ve ever visited. It has a nine-site campground with water and a pit toilet, and it is FREE. Yes, free. Also, dogs are allowed anywhere at the monument as long as they are on a leash. It was such a surprise to visit a national park service unit with free camping. I’m still not over it! Also, the whole dogs being welcome thing…wow.

The monument itself is a perfect mash-up of all kinds of archaeology and cultural resources, from the prehistoric kiva and room blocks atop the slickrock, to the Spanish inscriptions in the rock left by Conquistadors. Also, special for architecture  buffs, is its fantastic mid-century modern visitor center. All it needed was some Danish furniture and BAM! Total time warp. The building itself is 50 years old this year, so it is now a protected historic cultural resource. Be sure to check out the coffee shops just a mile or two east of the monument’s entrance road. Also, Zuni Pueblo is 40 minutes west of the monument and worth the drive. The Zuni are very welcoming and have several places for its tourists to stop and look around.

I’ve begun using a neat app to track hikes, Ramblr.com. It is available for iOS and for Android devices, and I am becoming quite used to using it while I’m hiking. The great part about Ramblr is that I can log into my account and clean up my map’s way points for a better looking map, over which I will always be fussing! Follow links back to ramblr.com to see more data about the hike.


Jul 16, 2014 11:08 AM
Duration 1h 41m 36s , Distance 1.8 mi
-Tracked by TrailDirt,
on  Ramblr
Great hiking trail, partially paved, in Northern New Mexico. I loved this hike. It had all my favorite things: ancient ruins and historic graffiti, including signatures made by the Conquistadors. The first half is an easy walk by the inscriptions in rock. The second half has a steep climb with some slickrock walking/scrambling. The front half is great for kids and folks with ADA needs. The second half is actually a bit harder, so keep in mind that part two of the trail is a bit more difficult. Dogs on leashes are WELCOME on the trail!
The water is the reason people came here over the centuries–it was a known source in dry country.
El Morro National Monument Visitor Center
Click http://rblr.co/AWQI to see more details.

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One Response to Hiking At El Morro National Monument, New Mexico

  1. Rachel July 20, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    What a cool place! I never knew much about this area – thanks for the info!

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