Just down the road from the Wolf Sanctuary is El Morro National Monument. I had no idea what was at El Morro or why it was a National Monument so after leaving the wolves, we stopped to check this place out.
The main feature of El Morro is a sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base. As a shaded oasis in the western desert, this site has seen many centuries of travelers. The reliable waterhole hidden at the base made it a popular campsite.
Travelers left signatures, names, dates, and stories of their treks. The inscriptions are fading, but there are still many that can be seen today, some dating to the 17th century. Some petroglyphs and carvings were made by the Anasazi centuries before Europeans started making their mark. There are over 2,000 inscriptions and petroglyphs, as well as Ancestral Puebloan ruins on the top of the bluff. (We did not make the trek to the top of the bluff.)
Paso por aq u i el adelantado Don Ju an de Onate del descubrimyento de lar mar del sur a 16 de Abril de 1605. (Governor Don Juan de Onate passed through here, from the discovery of the Sea of the South on the 16th of April, 1605.)
P. (Peachy) Breckinridge was the man in charge of the 25 camels used by Lieutenant Beale in 1857. After his work with Beale, Breckinridge returned to his home state of VA and fought in the Civil War. He was killed during a skirmish in 1863.