El Morro National Monument was from our last stop in Gallup. This is a must see place if you are going to be anywhere near it. It is not a large monument with just a few miles of trail but it is rich in history. The huge sandstone bluff is home to hundreds if not thousands of inscriptions from the petroglyphs of the Ancient Puebloans, to the Spanish and then the early settlers. The bluff was located on a major travel route and lots of folks passing by left their marks.
If that is not enough, the trail takes you by the base of the bluff and all the inscriptions and then continues on to the top of the bluff where, after a fun jaunt across the sandstone, you come to a ruins which has been partly excavated to expose 16 rooms.
|Notice the writing goes right through petroglyphs|
|Atsinna Ruins excavated partially in 1954|
|Caught this beautiful window in the late afternoon sun in Zuni Pueblo|