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“Amazing walk through history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument
HC 61, Ramah, NM 87321
505-783-4226
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Ramah
Type: Ancient Ruins, National Parks, Geologic Formations, Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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Owner description: Famous for its 200-foot sandstone bluff, the bottom of the monument contains seven centuries of human inscriptions.
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Amazing walk through history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stopped off at the National Monument for an hour while driving through. We did the smaller of the two walks, which is a mile round walk to the bottom of the rocks, it took us about 50 minutes. The path is paved all the way around for easy walking, though there are a few steps, so those with buggies / wheelchairs may need to double back rather than walk round in a loop.

The bottom of the rocks are covered with graffiti from many different ages - from the pueblos to Spanish to railroad surveyors, as well as the oasis. We picked up a guide from the ranger in the visitor center, and the numbered markers throughout the walk highlight all the important points.

It was interesting and fascinating!

Visited August 2013
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Livermore,CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Unassuming National Monument offers a lot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Had never heard of El Morro national monument until my sister, who lives in Albuquerque, suggested we go there while I was visiting her. This little monument packs in a lot: ancient pueblo ruins, "historic graffiti", and a desert oasis. The trail from the visitor center takes you to a rain-water fed pool nestled at the base of sheer sandstone cliffs. Juvenile salamanders could be seen swimming in the pool. As an oasis the spot has attracted Native Americans, Spanish conquerors, cavalrymen and western settlers. All of these have left their mark in the sandstone cliffs adjacent to the pool, carving names, messages, and dates into the sandstone. A trail takes you past a mix of petroglyphs and writings.
You can climb to the top of El Morro by one of two trails (the right-hand fork provides for the gentler, though longer, ascent; the left-hand fork is a steeper ascent with several long, steep staircases to climb). Once on top, you walk across sandstone sculpted by wind and rain, with beautiful views in all directions, to the partially excavated ruins of the large pueblo that once occupied the mesa top. Well-worth the climb - although I wouldn't want to do it on a hot day! And if an out-shape 62 year old (from sea level) can make it to the top (starting at approximately 7200 feet with a 250 foot elevation gain), so can you!

Visited July 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“See it more than once”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I'd gone as a kid but wanted to see again as an adult, with different eyes. Wow! Take sneakers, take a bottle of water and go as early in the day as possible to be able to walk the entire circuit.

Something fun too if you have more than one person with you- have one of you stand in front of the monument side that faces the main road while another person drives out on the road and takes a picture from there.

Visited July 2013
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North Carolina
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141 reviews 141 reviews
26 attraction reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
“site not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This does not seem to be a well-known place, at least that is what the lack of crowds seems to be saying. We went to El Morro today for the third time. The place is truly awe inspiring, with its two-mile walk at the top of a huge stone cliff with gorgeous rock formations. The view of the mountains is breathtaking from the top of the rock formation. This is truly a feel-good place with the smell of pines and the feeling of being away from it all. Go there to enjoy the hike, the views, and the history of the area.

Visited July 2013
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Fulltime RV
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392 reviews 392 reviews
87 attraction reviews
Reviews in 118 cities Reviews in 118 cities
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
“Nice Historical Site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Nice visitors center with small museum and 2 videos. Short, somewhat strenuous walk to historical markings. Trail is paved and wheelchair friendly though. Markings are difficult to see. They do have a trail guide to borrow that helps. Worth the time to visit.

Visited July 2013
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