Mesas, Deserts, And Valleys: El Morro National Monument

After spending two nights photographing the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico, I went south to tiny El Morro National Monument, a site that preserves some of the most interesting cultural history in North America literally etched in stone.  The monument is most well-known for the 2000+ inscriptions set into sandstone by ancestral Puebloans, Spanish explorers, and American pioneers.  Click on the thumbnails for larger images and a description of each.

El Morro
Waterhole at El Morro
At the Top of El Morro
The Governor's Message
Inscriptions and Petroglyphs
Conquer and Convert
Hubris Etched in Stone
Longhand on Rock
R. H. Orton
English on El Morro