Paso por aqui... Imagine the comfort and refreshment of finding water after days of dusty travel. A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro (the headland) a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Here, Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs. We invite you to make El Morro a stopping point on your travels.
This was our boys' first real nature walk for a NPS Junior Ranger badge. They have a good self-guided tour, with varying levels of difficulty. We give major kudos to the excellent ranger who encouraged our children to support NPS and learn as much as they can about their natural environment.
This hike was so rad. There's the guide book you are given that you follow on a beautifully paved to the historical etchings and the pool of water, then drop off the laminated guide book and prepare for the adventure. There's some nice incline and once you arrive to the top, the path you follow is parallel lines etched into the sandstone. The views are beautiful from above and then you continue to on to the ruins and back down to the visitor center. While doing this hike you feel like you are a contestant on Legends of the Hidden Temple.
The whole trail (inscriptions and Headland Trail) is 2.5 miles long (loop) and offers both remarkable insights into the travelling routes through New Mexico during the last several hundred years as well as breathtaking vistas of the surrounding area. The little "oasis" is the reason for this site, but not the most interesting aspect of it. Take the inscriptions trail (free guidebooks in the visitor center available) and afterwards, continue on onto the rocks of El Morro where at the very top, the ruins of an old pueblo await. The trail is easy - paths are well maintained. The views on top are amazing, revealing the many colors of the rocks (white, orange, red, brown, ...) and offering views into the sacred canyon beyond.
How I wish I could write on paper the way these people wrote on the rock. Such a great piece of history. Be sure to watch the video before you hit the trail. The trail itself is beautifully paved and very easy. It was late so we didn't go to the top but from talking to others that did it was only a small structure so we didn't feel like we missed too much.