El Morro National Monument
There are 2 hikes at El Morro. The hike to the wall to see the pond and the inscriptions is a fairly easy 0.5 mile round trip on paved paths. There is a little elevation change (about 20m) but nothing really rough. There is also a 3 mile hike to the top of the cliffs which includes the excavations of the Pueblo.
|The pond at El Morro|
|The running water has left mineral deposits on the sandstone|
The bluffs are sand stone, which means the weather has brought about erosion in some beautiful patterns:
|Pine tree at the top of the bluff, I love the corrugation effect|
|This looks like small stones piled on large ones|
|The cliff face through the juniper trees|
|This looks like,,,,well you can figure it out|
|Do you see the face?|
Because this was such a reliable water source, this was a major stop for travelers for centuries
|Ruins of a native village at the top of the cliff|
|petroglyphs at the bottom of the cliff|
|Big horn sheep are native to this area|
The wall of the cliff also gave way to man oldest preoccupation - letting people know he was there. That's right, graffiti.