El Morro National Monument Loop Trail

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El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ramah, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.8 miElevation gain324 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingWalkingPartially pavedViewsHistoric site
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Getting There

Marked trails are open Wednesday - Sunday. Please check here for updates: https://www.nps.gov/elmo/index.htm 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.

Plenty of parking and there is a visitor center and a campground.

http://www.nps.gov/elmo/index.htm Write to El Morro National Monument HC 61 Box 43 Ramah, NM 87321 E-mail Us Phone Visitor Center (505) 783-4226 ext. 0 Monument Headquarters (505) 285-4641 ext. 0

From Albuquerque, NM, or from the east: take Interstate 40 west to Grants. At exit 81, go south on Highway 53 for 42 miles to El Morro National Monument.

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Holly Scholl
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HikingScramble

Love this hike! It can be intimidating if you’re like me and don’t like heights, but the path is pretty clearly marked and it’s not hard to stay on the path. Although you gain a lot of height on the way up, the path is very clear and manageable with stairs. Absolutely worth the

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Dave Loney
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Hiking

Great 2 mile loop. We did it in reverse, stairs first, kind of liked how that worked. Views were magnificent, both near and far. Box canyon very cool, as were the ruins.

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bruce fingerhut
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WalkingGreat!

Very interesting to learn about all the people who have passed by the rock over the years… And the hike is very beautiful, especially the amazing views from the top of the road… Highly recommend it!

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David Detweiler
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Hiking

This was such an amazing sight to see. So much history in such a small place

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Cameron Tomala-Joffe
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Marney Neil
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Hiking

Thoroughly enjoyed. Views were awesome. Trail well marked. Moderate incline/effort at the start. Once on top, no shade for majority of hike.

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Deborah Brown
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Hiking

Please note that dogs are welcome when the trails are open at El Morro National Monument, on both the Inscription Loop and the Headland Trail.

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Janelle Lajeunesse
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Hiking

Stunning views and following the guide book from the visitor’s Center will have you learning a lot about the markings and the area in general. Dogs are permitted on all trails.

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Martin Clapham
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Hiking

It’s a good easy route. But it’s very touristy. Signs all along the route- don’t touch this, don’t step on that. And if you even think about taking a bit of that home with you- well the entire route is under CCTV and you will be shot! But good views on top of EL Morro. It’s a thing to tick off a tourist list! But ok

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Steve Sisson
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Hiking

The information we reviewed from the park staff was very helpful! This was a really great hike for my us and ours dogs.

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Jennifer Lewis
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Hiking

Beautiful place, and no admission charges. The Rangers at the welcome center were super nice

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Javier Lopez Jr.
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Hiking

Did the reverse with the steps first, you get the hard part first and then finish with inscription trail...

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Lorie Purdy
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HikingNo shade

Great trail with open views. Turn left and do the steps first as everyone recommends. about 1/2 way in as you're looking over Rt 53, look to your right for the large rock formation that resembles a woodpecker on a tree.

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Mariah Stuart
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Hiking

Like old times hiking with the best friend! And the fiancé and the pups. Had a little rain shower on us but still a great hike!

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Austin Paisley
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HikingBugsRocky

Fairly easy trail... everything marked very well

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paul adams
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good trail

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Adam Peacock
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Hiking

Snow covered the one trail to see the ruins but the inscription wall is really amazing.

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Richard Sayre
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It'ss got it all in a very compact space

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Amber :)
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Beautiful day and scenery!!! The hike up is an incline, just be prepared and have water!!! :)

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Bethany Moore
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Very beautiful

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Michael Travis
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Hiking

Absolutely great! completed it with our 5 year old son and he just loved the stairs and slick rock areas. We found it better to go to the left as you leave the visitors center. It has you climbing the stairs first and puts you at the top of the trail, letting you come down the long switchbacks to inscription rock. For us, that was easier, but both routes are good. Hope everyone enjoys this trail!

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Ron Ahern
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Beautiful trail. Beautiful area.

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James Lietz
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Hiking

Great trail with some great views and moderate climbing. Some very cool inscriptions which provide historical perspectives. Would recommend a lunch on top and possibly stopping at el Calderon as well.

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LM JOHNSON
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Walking

Nice easy walk/hike. Beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Wish I would've packed a lunch so I could've had lunch at the very top. The weather was a little hot but still perfect. I highly recommend this stop. Great visitor center and mini gift shop. Everyone working was very helpful.

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Jon Agostini
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Easy and instructional trail. Highly recommend the stop.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

Nice trail with some very good views of the National Monument.

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Judy Simon
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This place is wonderful because of its beauty for sure, but the history of it makes it even better. At the top of the bluff, there are ruins dating back to 1200CE. Below, there is a small lake that later provided water for travelling Spaniards and pioneers settling the West. There are ancient petroglyphs and beautiful inscriptions carved in Spanish and English. Its a very cool place.

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Megan Noe
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Hiking

Petroglyphs are visible and they give you a booklet to go along with it. Very interesting! You can also hike to the top to see the ruins. If you're camping, they have a free campsite across the street with water and restrooms.

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Jonathan Sandlin
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Camping

Great little camping spot. It has roughly 7-8 shaded pads. There is enough room to park a car or small trailer at each site. We have camped here twice and both times it was quiet. Great view of El Morro rock. There is a paved path to see the historical inscriptions in the rock. There is also an unpaved trail now open to take to the top to see ruins of a small village. Great views all the way up. It is short and doable for my 5 year old. The sites have fire pits and grill tops. Bring your own wood, charcoal, and water. Restrooms are on site.

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