This Hike Takes You To A Place New Mexico’s First Residents Left Behind
If you’ve spent any amount of time in the Southwest, you’ll know that Indigenous cultures have a prominent presence in both ancient and modern contexts. If you’re hoping to see a small piece of these cultures, you don’t need to go far since they’re all around us. Today, we’re going to check out one short hiking trail that will take you to an ancient dwelling still standing hundreds of years after it was abandoned.
El Morro National Monument is located about 12 miles southeast of Ramah on NM-53, or about 119 miles west of Albuquerque via Interstate 40 and NM-53. You can find details about the national monument by visiting the National Park Service website.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.