Situated on an ancient east-west trail in western New Mexico, this historic monument of sandstone has hosted centuries of travelers who left signatures, names, dates and stories of their treks. Spanish explorers called it El Morro or "The Headland." Anglo-Americans called it "Inscription Rock." Zuni Indians call it "A'ts'ina" which means "Place of writings on the rock." While some inscriptions are fading, many can still be seen.

It is highly recommended to take the Inscription Trail with the purchase of the Guide to the Inscription Trail from the visitor center. Each of the stops along the trail is enumerated.

For those wanting a more challenging hike and amazing views of the surrounding bluffs, take the Headland Trail which is a hike up to the top of the butte. In addition, you will see the partial excavation of an 875-room ancestral Puebloan ruin dating to 1275 A.D. It is estimated that up to 1,500 people once lived there.
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