The Inscription Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ramah, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length0.7 miElevation gain59 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingViewsWaterfallWildflowersHistoric siteNo dogs
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Marked trails are open Wednesday - Sunday. Please check here for updates: https://www.nps.gov/elmo/index.htm The Inscription trail is a must–see! If you only have an hour or less, you will definitely want to take the trail to the pool and past hundreds of Spanish and Anglo inscriptions, as well as pre–historical petroglyphs. The trail is paved and is wheelchair accessible with assistance. The slope is estimated to exceed 12% grade up and downhill.

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

http://www.nps.gov/elmo/index.htm El Morro National Monument HC 61 Box 43 Ramah, NM 87321 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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Abby Slichter
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Gordon Benett
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Holly Scholl
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HikingGreat!

Short and quick and really gorgeous. There’s a lot of notes along the path for historical significance which helps make the trip more engaging. There are a few benches and a seating area on this trail so great for a little picnic or meditation.

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bruce fingerhut
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Short interesting work, with some historically details of the area

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Kylee Samuelson
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Short and easy. Paved the whole way. Awesome history! You can’t go into the visitor center right now cause of COVID but they have someone by the main doors to talk to you and explain everything. Along the route they have laminated papers explaining the history

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Deborah Brown
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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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jade Hetes
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Great trail. Easy hike with beautiful views, ruins, and the inscriptions were very cool to see. Highly recommend.

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Rae Piedmonte
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Easy and enjoyable with beautiful scenery! I visit every time I am in the area. Super friendly staff in the visitor center!

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Maggie Trafford
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Was a beautiful hike. It is a must for everyone if in the area.

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Doug Neidholdt
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The spring and pool is a unique feature to the landscape. The inscriptions and hieroglyphs are very well preserved. This is a destination hike. While there the Headland hike is a must.

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Stancom CT
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Ethan Williams
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Laura Wallace
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Heather Faries
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Javier Lopez Jr.
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Donald Williams
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Kirk Shoemaker
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Nicole Rubenstein
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Garrett Zimmerman
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John Ames
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Kyle Trepagnier
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Adam Peacock
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Adam Hilliard
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Amber :)
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Debbie Wiens
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Joshua Bobick
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