El Morro National Monument

Join in a 2,000-year-old tradition at El Morro National Monument: Set up camp in the shade of an ancient stone bluff, and hike to the spring-fed oasis. Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish conquistadors, and European pioneers used this strategic spot as a stopping point on their way across New Mexico—you can still see their petroglyphs and signatures carved into Inscription Rock. Hike to the top of the bluff, and you'll find the stone staircases and the remains of Atsinna, an Ancestral Puebloan ruin that dates back to the year 1275. Whether you're coming for a few hours or a few days, the park's trails offer spectacular views and solitude to spare.

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Things To Do Near El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument is a unique spot in the American Southwest—in one place, you can view traces left by humans over thousands of years. Hiking is the best way to see the park; the trails take you past ancient rock art and up to Ancestral Puebloan ruins with views for miles. The monument is isolated, but a beautiful campground is located in the park, and cultural, dining, and shopping destinations lie within an hour's drive.

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How To Get To El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument is located on Ice Caves Road (NM-53), about 43 miles from I-40 near the town of Grants. From Grants, take NM-53 west. If you're coming from Gallup, take NM-602 south and head east on NM-53 near the Zuni Reservation.


Mile Marker 44.6 Hwy 53, Ramah, NM 87321

Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

With its stunning scenery and beautifully preserved traces of ancient cultures, El Morro National Monument is fascinating for outdoor adventurers and history buffs alike. Spend an afternoon hiking around the bluffs, or grab one of the beautiful campsites for some of the most spectacular night-sky views. When you bring an RV, camping is comfortable all yearlong.