El Morro National Monument is located in New Mexico. While smaller than many national monuments, it doesn’t disappoint. Messages and drawings from hundreds of years ago are etched into the cliffs of El Morro. A pool hidden within the cliffs was the water source for travelers for many years and was the water supply for the approximately 600 people that once lived in Astinna Pueblo.
Once at El Morro National Monument, the first stop should be the Visitor Center where you can take in exhibits and a short video to learn about the history of the monument. The two hiking trails at El Morro both begin near the visitor center. Keep in mind the elevation of the monument is 7,219 feet. Those who are visiting from low elevations should take time to adjust to the altitude and allow extra time for hiking. While hiking, visitors will have the opportunity to observe petroglyphs from hundreds of years ago in the sandstone cliffs. Those that make the trek to the top of The Headlands Trail will also see Astinna Pueblo.
El Morro has a campground with nine campsites that is open year-round. RVs up to 27 feet can be accommodated at these dry campsites. Leashed pets are welcome throughout the monument and campground with the exception of buildings. The location of the monument is remote and as a result, cell phone service is limited. You’ll truly be getting away from it all as you explore this historical site.