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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, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 324 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Partially paved

Views

No dogs

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Getting There

As of June 2020 (and due to COVID 19), the Visitor Center is closed, and park trails are open Wednesday - Sunday. 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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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.

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.

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

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.

Jennifer Lewis
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Hiking

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

Sam T.
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Hiking

The hike to the top is not very difficult, but well worth the hike. The top of the mesa is full of odd rock formations and inscriptions. If you are in the area this is the best hike to do.

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...

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.

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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Carolee H.
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Hiking

great easy hike

Austin Paisley
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Fairly easy trail... everything marked very well

paul adams
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good trail

Adam Peacock
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Hiking

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

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

Robin F.
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Hiking

Took another reviewers advise and went left up the stairs first. It was amazing. Nice to go downhill over the switchbacks and enjoy the carvings at Inscription Rock at the end as a cool down time. Walking sticks are helpful on the downhill and at the top over the rocky terrain. We will comeback again many times. Different seasons to enjoy the changing scenery and weather. Especially nice that it’s free to get into. Rangers were very helpful.

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

Bethany Moore
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Very beautiful

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!

Ron Ahern
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Beautiful trail. Beautiful area.

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.

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.

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

Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

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

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.

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.

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.

Gabriel Paduganan
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Walking

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.

Jeni Coxe
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Hiking

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.

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