El Morro Rim Trail

Grants, New Mexico 87020

El Morro Rim Trail

El Morro Rim Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A hike doesn’t have to last all day to be a New Mexico classic. The 2-mile trail from the El Morro National Monument visitor center to the mesa top provides an encompassing look at the history of the state. Along the way are a small pueblo, inscriptions from Spanish colonial times and the early years of American exploration, and some impressive geology—at least 10 miles of enjoyment compressed into a leisurely two-hour walk."

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Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"A short day hike to historic rock inscriptions, petroglyphs, and ancient Indian pueblo ruins. Consider borrowing a copy of the trail booklet at the visitor center. It gives a very detailed description of the entire hike. The paved loop trail starts right behind the visitor center. Part of the route is wheelchair accessible. The trail climbs gently up to the towering sandstone bluff of El Morro through piñon pine–juniper woodland."

El Morro Rim Trail Trip Reports

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Excellent, yet remote, day trip. Easy hike. Nice spot for a picnic and a relaxing day. Beautiful vistas from the top of the bluffs. Since the entire set of bluffs and interior box canyon can be viewed from almost 360 degrees, the photography is good almost any time of the day as long as there's bright sunlight. The inscriptions dating to the 1600s are thought provoking and the pool at the base of the bluffs, on a still day, is crystal clear. Worth the journey. Do Rivera Canyon hike on the same day.

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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
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Additional Use
El Morro National Monument brochure
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