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El Morro National Monument

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Address: HC 61, Ramah, NM 87321
Phone Number: 505-783-4226
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Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: Famous for its 200-foot sandstone bluff, the bottom of the monument...
Famous for its 200-foot sandstone bluff, the bottom of the monument contains seven centuries of human inscriptions.
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Be prepared to spend time. This is not a quickie tour. We spent over an hour or so just reading and taking pictures of all the inscriptions. It became, "OK, just one more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Forked River, New Jersey
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Forked River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Be prepared to spend time. This is not a quickie tour. We spent over an hour or so just reading and taking pictures of all the inscriptions. It became, "OK, just one more." The paths make access easy for all ages and there are places to rest. I'm so glad we visited. We were actually there in September 2012, but... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It is one of the less well-known National Park units in New Mexico, but it is worth a detour to see for history or nature buffs. The inscriptions on the rock, covering over four hundred years from a Spanish explorer to an American railroad worker, give a sense of change and permanence at the same time as few other places... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

As we had some time on our way to Gallup, we made a detour to visit El Morro National Monument. We first had a great welcome from the two persons working at the visitors center. There were two options (small or big trail). We chose the first one because it was late and unfortunately, the rain began to fall rather... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

An absolute must stop if you are within 50 or a 100 miles of this place. Aside from the historical value, you get to learn about the layers of cultures who have passed through there -- Early Pebloans, Navajo, Spanish Americans, California bound pioneers, Mormons, etc. Take the time to climb to the top for the great views. I recommend... More 

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is a cliff full of graffiti from prehistoric to Spanish Conquistadors to Pioneers. It is way off the road and cannot be seen from outside the gate. How do I know? We traveled 5 hours to get there--changing our route specifically to see it. Got there at 5:10pm--it had closed at 5pm. The park could be improved in one... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a modern visitor center with smooth paved walkways to the sandstone bluff known as El Morro or Inscription Rock. It is an easy walk with gently inclines, but it can be hot in the sun. There are some benches to rest along the way if you need them. It is also a FEE FREE site so you do... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This was a hour from Grants, NM. Definitely worth the drive. The visitor's center is small and tidy. The short tour of inscriptions was easy to traverse: all paved trails. We did not do the longer trail that is steeper and much longer. Our pet dogs were welcome. They had fresh, filtered water available for visitors and hikers.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Loved the hiking and small free campground. So much interesting history about Inscription Rock and the Indian ruins on top! Rangers were great and knowledgeable. Our Verizon cell coverage was spotty in the park but decent in the campground.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

El Morro was the second named US National Monument by Teddy Roosevelt under The Antiquities Act of 1906. Teddy was enamored with its stature and beauty and the fact that the base of this 200 foot sandstone promontory was chiseled with many names, dates and passages from military personnel, explorers and missionaries alike. There is even an inscription from the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a ways off of the interstate but well worth the detour. The rangers were very helpful, giving us a good description of the hiking choices. We hiked the 2 mile loop which included the Inscription Trail and path to the ruins and the top of the mountain. Very clearly marked with great views from the top. The insriptions... More 

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