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At El Morro National Monument visitors walk among a passage that weary people have wandered for thousands of years - as evident by their intriguing inscriptions along the cliff face. Over 2,000 signatures, dates, and messages, along with ancient petroglyphs line the walls in this area.

Key Attractions

  • Inscription Trail - wanders past the pool and to Inscription Rock, where hundreds of Spanish and Anglo signatures and inscriptions, as well as prehistoric petroglyphs, are carved into the surface

  • Atsinna - at the Headland Trail - the ancestral Puebloan ruin was the “place of writings on rock” - between approximately 1275 AD to 1350 AD, up to 1500 people lived in this 875 room pueblo, located near the only near water source and atop a nearly impenetrable bluff

  • Headland Trail - 2-mile loop that includes the Inscription Trail and continues to the Atsinna at the top of the bluff - features spectacular views of the Zuni Mountains and the volcanic craters of the El Malpais region - strenuous hike


Southwest of Albuquerque, NM and east of Flagstaff, AZ. Located on Hwy 53 in New Mexico.

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