|Inscription at El Morro|
|Oasis that was major draw of pioneers|
|Closeup of pool that is sheltered by the cliffs|
Beyond the easy trail is another mile and half trail that leads to the back of the cliffs and ultimately to the top. The Mesa-top Trail at El Morro National Monument was hand-carved into the sandstone by a Civil Works Administration (CWA) crew in 1933. CWA was one of the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.
|Rounding the point|
|Looking back on the switchback trail|
|Taking a breather at the top|
|And so were the shadow people|
|At the top new vistas|
|Nobody mentioned these views|
One of the reasons beyond the perpetual pool at its base that inscription rock became so popular is that it was visible for miles across the open mesas. I would like to revisit this national monument and explore other trails in the boundaries.