Just a short drive from El Malpais National Monument is El Morro National Monument. This monumented served as a place of rest for ancient tribes as a watering hole hidden near the sandstone bluffs. With water retained year round, travelers were able to travel to here.

At El Morro National Monument, you’ll find hiking, ruin exploration, and camping.  The ruins are located on top of the large Sandstone Bluff and served as strategic advantage point for ancient Pueblo people. A unique feature of this monument are the signatures of ancient Puebloans, Spanish and American people who have visited the area over the last 2000 years that include messages and petroglyphs.