Over the Top at El Morro (Fall Edition)

Ok, back by popular demand is the fall edition of the program we did in May at El Morro National Monument - the Over the Top Photo Hike. The program is scheduled for Saturday, September 8 and will begin at the Old School Gallery, which is 1 mile before you get to the El Morro National Monument entrance road, at 1:30 p.m. This will be an interactive PowerPoint program on photo composition. Following the program we will head over to El Morro National Monument (a $3.00 entry fee for everyone over 16 years unless you have a national parks pass) for some hands-on instruction and a cool photo walk.

For the walk, we will go "over the top" by following the Headland Trail to the top of El Morro and get some fantastic scenic views. We will also walk right next to the partially excavated Atsinna Pueblo and proceed across the top to the north side of El Morro before descending back to the base of the rock and the visitor center. This will be about a 2 mile walk with an elevation gain of a little more than 200 feet.

If you want to stay over in the area and do more exploring on Sunday, there is a small (9 site), first-come, first serve no-hookup campground at El Morro. There is also a bed and breakfast in the area, an overflow camping area with hook ups and several restaurants. For a more complete idea of what is in the area go to www.nps.gov/elmo.

If you want to get away for the day or maybe the weekend and see some cool stuff (I didn't even mention the 1/2 mile tour on a paved sidewalk at the base of El Morro where you can view inscriptions and petroglyphs), make plans to head west on Saturday, September 8. El Morro is approximately 42 miles southwest of Grants on New Mexico Highway 53.

Hope to see you there!

Ranger Dale

NOTE: Due to the number of people who sign up and don’t come, please register only if you are serious about attending. Thanks!!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    the tops as usual.

    September 9, 2012

  • Ira B.

    The weather looks to be an issue this afternoon, I'm going to wait until next time this is offered. Thanks.

    September 8, 2012

    • Frank V.

      Actually it was pretty nice out there. Sunny/light clouds and the wind picked up late in the hike and the temperatures were nice. The weather cleared near Grants. Next time. Dale will be around for one more year!

      September 8, 2012

  • Lynn B.

    The event was great with perfect hiking weather. We had very knowledgeable guides.

    September 8, 2012

  • Susan

    Thanks Ranger's Kate and Dale. Great weather, hike and photo opportunities!

    September 8, 2012

  • B. Thomas D.

    I'm sorry if I had not been able to get a ride so I could shoot some photos down there.

    September 8, 2012

  • Terry T.

    Sorry, but I won't be able to make it.

    September 8, 2012

  • Anna S.

    I really want to join the group for this and will RSVP when it gets closer to the date. Thanks for hosting this event!

    July 25, 2012

    • Terry T.

      Have you found a ride?

      September 8, 2012

  • Phyllis T.

    Thanks Dale!

    September 7, 2012

  • Phyllis T.

    Are there signs or landmarks near the Old School Gallery? I'm not familiar with this area.

    September 7, 2012

  • Martha S.

    Would like to know if anyone would like to car pool. I am just going for the day and I live on the west side. let me know.

    August 29, 2012

  • Georgia F.

    I'm sorry, but I forgot to ask this question. How long does it take to drive to El Morro from Albuq.? Thank you.

    August 26, 2012

  • Georgia F.

    When we arrive at our meeting place at 1:30 p.m., how long will the hike and photography time take? Do we bring food for this event?

    August 22, 2012

  • B. Thomas D.

    Since I'm still planning to attend this awesome outing, I would very
    much like to know where in Albuquerque to meet so I can get a ride to El Morro and back home the same day as soon as possible.
    Thank you and goodbye.

    August 21, 2012

  • Lorie J.

    Cool! Thanks for the information.

    July 25, 2012

  • Cynthia H.

    Is that around Exit 81 or a little farther?

    July 25, 2012

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