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El Morro National Monument

Address: HC 61, Ramah, NM 87321
Phone Number: 505-783-4226
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Ramah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: Famous for its 200-foot sandstone bluff, the bottom of the monument contains seven centuries of...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: Famous for its 200-foot sandstone bluff, the bottom of the monument contains seven centuries of human inscriptions.
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Providence, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

As we travel the Southwest, we've found it's always worth the effort to get off the Interstate freeways. This side trip to El Morro National Monument reinforced our thought and was well worth the miles. We first entered the Visitor Center where we were welcomed by the Rangers. They answered all our questions and were very friendly (and patient). We... More 

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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

it's a bit out of the way, but we made time to take the trip to El Morro National Monument on our way to Sante Fe. We hiked up to see the ancient ruins on the top of the bluffs. They were amazing and the view spectacular! It's a bit of a climb, but good exercise after being in the... More 

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Sierra Vista, AZ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

In Indian Reservation and Badlands country is El Morro National Monument. It is a small mountain with a spring and ancient petroglyphs, graffiti from Spanish colonial travelers, and 19th Century US Army soldiers. After checking in at the visitor center and getting a loaned trail guide, there is a 2-mile hike past the spring and graffiti, and around and up... More 

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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This National Monument is well worth the small detour from I-40. There are a lot of things to see and hear in a wonderful place like this. The short, mildly strenuous, hiking loop to the top takes you past inscription wall, water run-off pool, outstanding views of the fascinating landscape, natural rock formations, ancient pueblo ruins and near-by camping sites.... More 

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157 reviews 157 reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The views are impressive and as you go up you can see old inscriptions on the walls, huge rocks with strange apeearance, big walls with different colours in layers. The hike is not too difficult, but I suggest good walking shoes/boots

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Alberta
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25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Stop here! Even if you're miles away and just want to get to Santa Fe or somewhere else. This jaunt off the I40 is so worth it. The inscriptions on the rock are fascinating - I know it's really grafitti, but come on, some of it is 400 years old! And the walk up to the top - somewhat of... More 

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Norman, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Has a great 1/2 mile handicap accessible trail, for the more adventurous you can continue on up and over the mountain.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This National Monument protects Inscription Rock, a place where travelers since the 1600s have written their names and carved messages while traveling by. There is a short paved trail that leads along the bluff wall where you can see the pond, the petroglyphs, and the inscriptions. The museum has some nice displays about the groups of people who passed through... More 

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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

What makes this spot so special is WATER! A little water hole that old civilizations, explores, soldiers, pioneers all have used and rested here, and left their own type of graffiti on the sandstone walls there. That's on the 1/2 mile hike. But if you have time , the 2 hour hike has amazing views and a unique trail on... More 

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North Lincolnshire, UK
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32 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had only decided to call in here on the way to another attraction but enjoyed this one the most! It didn't sound that enticing but the attendant in the visitor centre made it sound interesting and he was absolutely right. You are given a guide to help you navigate and tell you about the various petroglyphs and some would... More 

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