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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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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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Avoid winter here! Go for the Headland Trail.

The Monument is free and the Ranger is great at telling you what to expect! A bonus is that dogs are welcome on leash and there's a great 15 minute introductory film. There are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
Placitas, New Mexico
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Placitas, New Mexico
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The Monument is free and the Ranger is great at telling you what to expect! A bonus is that dogs are welcome on leash and there's a great 15 minute introductory film. There are two trails: "Inscription" where you can see the names of people carved on the rock; people that passed some 200 years ago. This is a paved... More 

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Brookville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Our destination was Flagstaff AZ, but we flew into Albuquerque and then took the back roads on our journey. By driving a little south, but parallel to I-40W our first stop was at the El Morro National Monument. We had a long way to go and much to see so we only spent about 45-60 minutes there, but what a... More 

Thank Horse_Attack
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

There is plenty to see in the area, so this place is not exactly in the middle of nowhere, however, the distances here are so impossibly great, that you feel in the middle of nowhere while you get from point A to point B. Having said this, we came across EL Morro by accident, as we intended to see the... More 

Thank Frankeith
Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I recently took a solo road trip to Wisconsin and breezed through several states getting there and back to Arizona. I hadn't planned to stop here but I lingered longer than anticipated in Albuquerque. I was at El Morro only one night. Although I didn't get to do any hiking here I am planning to return. I had a hard... More 

Thank paleoallen
Phetchabun Province, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Admittedly, I only saw the outskirts of the monument as I was traveling cross country. The view, however, was amazing.

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Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Start with the film in the visitor's center then walk the easy trail to see all the inscriptions. It's amazing to see the beautiful script etched into stone. We didn't go to the top because we'd just been to Chaco and the park was closing for the day. Not at all disappointed by the lower trail.

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The Netherlands
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

There are so many wonderful things to see, we also took a side trip to see this , wonderful natural rock formations and pre historic petrologts ,, excellent area for serious hikers , some easy some challenging,, some of the walks were actually wheel chair accessible, the volunteers and staff were excellent

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

After attending the balloon fiesta we decided to take a side trip to El Morro and what a surprise. The staff and volunteers were extremely helpful when asked a question. They suggested that we watch the 15 minute video about the monument. That set the tone for our loop hike. It took less then an hour and they supplied a... More 

Thank Teri R
Gainesville, Florida
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Spend just a few hours hiking this beautiful, natural rock formation and you will see pre-historic petroglyphs, pioneer inscriptions, and puebloan ruins.

Thank LizConsalvi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

There are excellent walks and views from this monument. Some walks are paved and wheelchair friendly others are hiking tracks. The view from the ruins of the early settlements at the top are spectacular. Well worth the detour off your route 66 trip between Albuquerque and Holbrook.

Thank bristolbob

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