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El Morro National Monument

HC 61, Ramah, NM 87321
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Ramah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, National Parks, Geologic Formations, Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: Famous for its 200-foot sandstone bluff, the bottom of the monument contains seven centuries of human inscriptions.
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San Dimas, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a very pretty and historically important site. The trail that winds through where the rock is not a difficult trail and offers a lot of information about the significance of the carvings. We went in the summer and there were only a few other people there. It is a ways off the beaten path, but well worth the... More

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Magnolia, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We're flexible in planning our vacation activities and always leave some time for spontaneity. So when our kids saw the Ice Cave signs as we traveled along I-40, we decided to visit. The drive was so interesting along Hwy 53, that after we visited the Ice Cave we decided to continue on Hwy 53. We didn't even know what natural... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Today ws a day of exploration and education. We visited the Zuni Pueblo and El Morro National Monument outside of Gallup, N.M. First stop was the Zuni Pueblo where we visited several of the outlets for Zuni carvings and jewelry are displayed and are for sale at reasonable pricing. A tour of a historic church that has and is undergoing... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

El Morro literally provided an oasis for travelers and Pueblo dwellers alike for centuries. It is known for its wall carvings by Spanish explorers and early settlers as well as for its Puebloan history with the native inhabitants. The waterfall and pool and still as pristine and inviting today as they were for the early inhabitants and passersby. The explorer's... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were traveling from Gallup to Albuquerque recently and took this more southerly route (south of Interstate 40) to see El Morro. So glad we did. Some of my absolute favorite National Park sites are the small ones -- and El Morro is now on that list. "El Morro" means "headland" in Spanish, and this particular big headland is a... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited both Inscription Rock and did the full hike. We drove out while staying overnight in Grants. It was about 2 hours drive round trip, and we felt it was well worth it...doubly so if you're just "passing through" and stop along your way. One word of caution: a previous reviewer suggested doing the hike counterclockwise. That sounded like... More

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Larkspur, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We recently stopped at El Morro National Monument on our way driving our 5th wheel from Colorado to Show Low Arizona. So glad we stopped. Wonderful place for history buffs, as there is amazing history there. We did a walk around a portion of the monument and the Ranger gave us a book to take with us that explained a... More

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If all you do is look at the wall inscriptions that El Morro is famous for, then you've missed out on truly experiencing this timeless place. One of the park rangers suggested that we hike in a "counter-clockwise" direction. The upward climb is easier that way. If you start at the pool and the wall, the climb up to the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were on our way down old Route 66 this Memorial weekend in our 75 MGB and made a stop at El Morrow or sometimes called Inscription Rock. Back in the 1650's and on up till the 1900's travelers passed by and signed this rock mound. But the native Americans were already here in the 1200's and had a settlement... More

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South Central Orange County, CA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

If you are a fan of southwestern history (or even prehistory), this is an important place to visit for tangible signs of visitors past. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and Mexican and American visitors left their names or other marks on Inscription Rock over a span of hundreds of years. After I'd read about Lt. Edward Beale's use of camels in... More

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