El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument

At A Glance

Operating Hours & Seasons

Spring Hours:
March through May
Visitor Center—9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Trails—9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please plan on being here by 5:00 p.m. at the latest to walk the 1/2-mile Inscription Loop Trail; 4:00 p.m. to walk the entire 2-mile Mesa-top Loop Trail.

Summer Hours:
June through September
Visitor Center—8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Trails—8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please plan on being here by 6:00 p.m. at the latest to walk the 1/2-mile Inscription Loop Trail; 5:00 p.m. to walk the entire 2-mile Mesa-top Loop Trail.

Dates and times for fall and winter hours are to be determined. Please check back here for the most up-to-date information.

Closed December 25 and January 1.

Portions or all of the Mesa Top Loop Trail may be closed during the winter months (December through April) because of ice and snow.

 

Accessibility

The visitor center, picnic area, and campground are all wheelchair accessible. The Inscription Loop Trail is wheelchair accessible with assistance. A park ranger or volunteer will assist you with finding the best route when you arrive at El Morro

Directions

From Albuquerque, NM, or from the east: take Interstate 40 west to Grants. At exit 81, go south on Highway 53 for 42 miles to El Morro National Monument.

From Flagstaff, AZ, or from the west: take Interstate 40 east to Gallup. At exit 20, go south on Highway 602 for about 31 miles. Turn east (left) onto Highway 53. El Morro is 25 more miles. If you’d like to drive through Zuni from the west, take exit 339 from Interstate 40 in AZ, and go south on Highway 191 for 24 miles. Take Highway 61/53 into Zuni. El Morro is about 36 miles from Zuni.

Caution: Commercial trucks frequent Highway 53. Please exercise caution when turning onto and off of the highway