Located on Highway 53, north of Grants
El Morro is a sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base, aptly named by the Spaniards, El Morro, Spanish for headland. Standing majestically over the pinon and juniper, El Morro is ever watching the travelers along the old Zuni-Acoma Trail, an ancient Pueblo trade route also known as the Ancient Way, which according to Indiancountrynm.org, “The Trail of the Ancients may be the most historically significant in New Mexico, having been in continuous use since around 900 A.D. The Trail of the Ancients exposes visitors to exploration routes and settlements by Pueblo and Navajo peoples, Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. explorers and settlers. It takes you through Grants, El Morro, the Ice Caves, Chaco Cultural National Historic Park, the Zuni Mountains and Zuni Pueblo, Gallup, the Bisti Badlands, Crownpoint, Shiprock, Farmington, and the San Juan River Basin.”
Filled with inscriptions such as this one, “”By here passed Pedro Romero on the 22nd of August, year of 1751,” El Morro is also known to travelers as Inscription Rock.