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El Morro Mesa Trail - 5 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 04 2019
WaitingForRain
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 Photos 5
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31 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
El Morro Headland Trail, NM 
El Morro Headland Trail, NM
 
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WaitingForRain
Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
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Hiking up onto the stone ridge surrounding the box canyon and then circled back to the Spanish inscriptions and oasis. Cool place!
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Sep 06 2018
jochal
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35 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2018
jochal
Hiking2.00 Miles 404 AEG
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Inscriptions are definitely a must-see. Beautiful hike interrupted by a cool, but intense, thunderstorm while we were on the ridge. I need to get better at reading the weather, especially while carrying the kid. We were over halfway done, so continued. Fortunately, the rock is still pretty grippy wet.
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Jul 10 2018
TheNaviG8R
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 Guides 1
 Routes 36
 Photos 2,868
 Triplogs 449

49 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2018
TheNaviG8R
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Jun 05 2018
writelots
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 Guides 19
 Routes 39
 Photos 5,577
 Triplogs 337

46 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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writelots
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Driving through NM on a summer road trip to Red River, I stopped at El Morro. I arrived at 3pm, the park closes at 5. The woman at the table said I could start hiking, but had to be off the trail by 4:30 or else they'd be mad and I'd be fined if I got locked in the park.

Can do, I said. There's lots of steps she said. Can do, I said.

Wish I'd had more time to look at signatures, play around on the mesa top and enjoy the park. I ran into an Ancestral Lands Trail Crew working on taking out the asphalt on the trail and replacing it with natural surfacing. Would have liked more time to chat with them, too. This is definitely worth the stop!
Culture
Culture
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Jun 21 2011
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2011
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Mike Mattes
Side trip on the way home from our Chaco/Bisti Wilderness Experience 2011 => http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=63350

I became aware of this Inscription Rock when researching the Beale Wagon Road => http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=491 Found the Simpson and Kern 1849 inscriptions, but failed to locate Beale's 1857 inscription.

With Inscription Rock as a gauge for the number of travellers that passed this way, makes you wonder about the sequence of events that led to the railroad and I-40 route ending up about 25 miles north of this site...
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May 29 2010
cindyl
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 Routes 7
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47 female
 Joined May 15 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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cindyl
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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rwstorm
Randy and I did a New Mexico roadtrip! The El Morro National Monument is an out-of-the-way destination that was just perfect to take in amongst a solid jam-packed travel day. The trail up at the top of this mesa is a playgound. I just wanted to run and jump and sing here all day long. Of course we didn't since there were other things to see and do. I'd definitely go back here.
Culture
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There are just two switchbacks left. And another half-mile to the destination...
May 29 2010
rwstorm
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 Guides 1
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71 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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rwstorm
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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cindyl
A whirlwind road trip to northern New Mexico with Cindy to to show her some of my favorite places, all new to her. El Morro is one of those great "sleeper" monuments, along the path less traveled. The entire drive from Witch Well, Arizona to Grants, New Mexico is wonderful.
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Onward into oblivion!
Jul 30 2009
rally_toad
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 Guides 21
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29 male
 Joined May 17 2007
 Boulder City, NV
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
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rally_toad
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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This is a good hike.
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"Who are you guys??!!" -Farnsworth
Jun 14 2003
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
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38 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
El Morro Mesa TrailNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2003
PaleoRob
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Exploration of El Morro NM on a trip to Zuni, El Malpais, and Grants.
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
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average hiking speed 1.44 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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