Headland Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grants, NM that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round.
This was an important stop off for pioneers and travelers in the area due to WATER that is always there. A small pretty pond and 2000 carved signatures, dates and petroglyphs line much of the way and a hike to the top will lead to a Woodpecker looking arch, great views and pueblo ruins. The trail is well maintained but the hike to the top does take a little effort.
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.
Great hike for history, scenic beauty. I consider it a destination hike.
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.
Easy hike with nice views. The history is the draw. Amazing writing on the walls and an old abandoned rock dwelling on top. Definitely worth a visit.
Great hike. Beautiful vistas. A very historic and unique walk along inscriptions dating back to 1605. Ruins, canyons, El Morro has it all!
Nice easy hike with great views and history. Make sure you hike to the top and see the ancient ruins.
Spectacular place for history, culture, geology and views. The hike to the pond is easy and the hike along the signature is too. The hike to the top is moderate and well worth it.