El Morro National Monument Loop Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

El Morro National Monument Loop Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grants, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles
380 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips



no dogs

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.

1 month ago

Easy and instructional trail. Highly recommend the stop.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Great hike for history, scenic beauty. I consider it a destination hike.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nice primitive campground. Limited on space. Arrive early in busy season.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Great hike. Beautiful vistas. A very historic and unique walk along inscriptions dating back to 1605. Ruins, canyons, El Morro has it all!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Nice easy hike with great views and history. Make sure you hike to the top and see the ancient ruins.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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.

5 months ago

7 months ago

recorded El Malpais

9 months ago

recorded Track - Sep 11, 01:33 PM

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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