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El Morro Rock

El Morro Rock in the distance with big sky--on Route 53.  Vernon, Robyn and myself made this trip in January, 2004--our destination was Globe, AZ.



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The historc marker for El Morro Rock ("The Headland)--named by the Spaniards (Anglo-Americans referred to it as Inscription Rock).  The Zuni's name was A'ts'ina meaning "Place of Writings on the Rock". 
El Morro Rock in all its glory. 
Though it doesn't look steep, the altitude makes it a difficult climb--nice and slow is the key.  Here I'm walking with Robyn as we make our way to the Anasazi ruins on the top of El Morro Rock. 


Robyn had to stop and walk in the snow (of course!). 

Vernon leading the way--the trail heads over rocks at a couple of points and is hard to see. 

We've got to climb up there???!!!  Vernon is already at the top looking down on us. 



The Anasazi ruins at El Morro Rock. 

This circular room is a bit odd for Anasazi construction; mostly they built in squares and rectangles.  
More of the ruins on top of the rock.  And the Anasazi didn't have stairs cut into the rock to get up here! 
Looking over to where the face of the rock is located (seen in an earlier picture). 

The view from the Anasazi ruins--looking in the direction from which we drove here.

Down at the base of Inscription Rock, a nice path leads to all of the ancient grafitti. 

Carvings from both Native Americans, Spaniards and Anglos are to be seen. 



These look like mostly Native American carvings.

Another view of the carvings depicted above.  1906, Federal Law made it illegal for anyone to do any further carving into the cliff face. 


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