El Morro National Monument

El Morro National Monument, the park next to El Malpais, was very interesting.  We went on the hike up the mountain.   To get to the top there was a series of stair cases.

At the top there was a ancient village.  It was built around 1275.  We hiked across a trail made by the CCC during the Great Depression.  There was a box canyon up there where they put animals, like a natural corral.

After we came back down we saw inscriptions on the large sandstone rock formation.  When the Spanish came though they left their mark. From these inscriptions we know that they tried to talk to the natives.  The natives inscribed petroglyphs and pioneers wrote there names.

The reason they all came to this location is because there is a pond with clean water and a lot of it, at the base of the rock.  My favorite part was being  up on the top of the rock formation.

Marcus W. Perry

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