El Morro National Monument
|El Morro was a popular stopping place for people and animals as they traveled in historic and prehistoric times. When they stopped, some carved signatures or other things into the sandstone bluff near the water hole. Now, you can stop here and see the evidence of these prior trips. Also, if you take the full hike (not yet described on ExploreNM), you can visit the Ancestral Puebloan ruin, Atsinna.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
When we visited it:
|Cleanliness:||9. I only found a few small pieces of litter.|
|General notes:||April 7 was still considered winter; the water was not turned on to the campground.|
|ELMORROCG||Campground||El Morro National Monument campground|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|El Malpais Recreation Map and Guide||BLM||2008||1:100000||Y||from Amazon (purchase)||Great overview map for El Malpais area, including showing land ownership.|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||from Amazon (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
Coming from the east on I-40, take exit 81 for NM 53 south. Drive about 41 miles to the monument. The entrance is between mile markers 44 and 45. Enter the monument and the turnoff to the camground will be on your left. Coming from the west on I-40, take exit 20 for NM 602 south. After nearly 31 miles, you reach NM 53. Turn east (left) on it. Drive about 23 miles to the monument. The entrance is between mile markers 44 and 45. Enter the monument and the turnoff to the camground will be on your left.
About the campground:
The campsites are in a Piñon-Juniper forest, and they contain the normal developed camopsite amenities such as a parking space, a table, and a place for a fire.
This is site 8, the handicapped site. It has its own water source (the only campsite with this feature).
All of the campsites except the handicapped one have tent pads like this one.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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