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El Morro National Monument, Ramah

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#16 of 85 in Historic Sites in New Mexico
Geologic Formation · Historic Site
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  • This is a fascinating place, complete with the remnants of an ancient Pueblo atop a rigged high mesa. There is also interesting history of a more recent nature as Spanish, Mexican and American... 
    This is a fascinating place, complete with the remnants of an ancient Pueblo atop a rigged high mesa. There is also interesting history of a more recent nature as Spanish, Mexican and American...  more »
  • I am amazed how each national monument in New Mexico is so different and beautiful. Inscription Rock is amazing and the carvings have many stories to tell. We couldn't do the hike to the top due to....  more
    I am amazed how each national monument in New Mexico is so different and beautiful. Inscription Rock is amazing and the carvings have many stories to tell. We couldn't do the hike to the top due to....  more »
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  • One of the most pristine, historical and well maintained parks we have ever been to. Inscription trail was amazing..the numbered markers provided excellent information about the many travelers that visited over the centuries...Definitely go in the morning, the light on the sheer cliffs is spectacular. Park rangers were VERY helpful and knowledgeable about the park and the surrounding area.
  • This was an unexpected gem. We toured the monument on a bright, cool, blustery New Mexico Spring day. Stopped into the Center (the trails are accessed through the back) to view a short video and pick up a trail guide (you can borrow one or buy for $2). The trail is designed to be hiked counter clockwise starting with the inscriptions and continuing to the top of the Mesa. The Mesa is scaled through a series of switchbacks with a 400 foot vertical ascent. Nothing too strenuous. The trail is well marked with some stretches across barren rock where you are exposed to the winds. The descent is mostly by stairs hewn into the rock. I suffer from Vertigo but had no trouble navigating some of the more exposed areas. I did see dogs on the trail. The hike takes over 2 hours with much of the time spent taking photos and reading inscriptions. There were about a dozen people on the trail when we were there but I suspect it gets crowded when the schools let out.

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