Atsinna Pueblo ruins -- El Morro National Monument, NM
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 35° 02.283 W 108° 21.213
12S E 741410 N 3880464
Quick Description: The ruins of the Atsinna Pueblo at El Morro National Monument are located on top of the mesa, and are accessible from the Mesa Loop Trail
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 3:59:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMMAHR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fisnjack
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Long Description:
The Mesa Loop trail branches off of the Inscription Rock trail at El Morro National Monument. Both trails start at the Visitor Center.

A short hike will reward you with great views of the surrounding area and a good look at the ruins of the Atsinna Pueblo.

From the National Park Service website: (visit link)

"Explorers and travelers have known of the pool by the great rock for centuries. A valuable water source and resting place, many who passed by inscribed their names and messages in the rock next to petroglyphs left by ancient Puebloans. The ruins of a large pueblo located on top of El Morro were vacated by the time the Spaniards arrived in the late 1500s, and its inhabitants may have moved to the nearby pueblos in Zuni and Acoma. As the American West grew in population, El Morro became a break along the trail for those passing through and a destination for sightseers. As the popularity of the area increased, so did the tradition of carving inscriptions on the rock. To preserve the historical importance of the area and initiate preservation efforts on the old inscriptions, El Morro was established as a national monument by a presidential proclamation on December 8, 1906."
Trailhead: N 35° 02.304 W 108° 20.951

Type: Ruins

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