|A Special Place In Northwest New Mexico
David Herrera and I wanted to get out of
Albuquerque, and our adventure became a day trip to the west.
Our hikes and exploration of El Morro National Monument was probably the best highlight.
Honestly, some of our delight in El Morro might have been fueled by its free admission, for we had just spent a whopping $12 fee
at the underwhelming Bandera Volcano & Ice Caverns.
El Morro National Monument is worthy of a visit. Hiking trails lead to a Native pueblo ruin, pretty cliffs, and historic rock inscriptions.
I'll do a "hack job" explaining the fascinating history of this location, but I'll try anyway:
Back in the day, travelers heading to say, Zuni to Albuquerque, did not encounter much
water on their long journey. Dehydration and death were real threats.
However, at the base of these cliffs is a pond where many would stop for the water. First it was the Native Americans in ancient days.
Then the Spaniards came beginning in the late 1500s. Lastly, Americans arrived during the Civil War era.
Many inscripted their names on the rock. It's like a little bit of history.
Pretty rock cliffs. I was not disappointed in the scenery at this park. :)
Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico.