To the Top of El Morro

293. Solitary

293. Solitary

Hiking to the top of the mesa in El Morro National Monument in northwestern New Mexico has great rewards. There are views of the Zuni Mountains, the volcanoes in El Mapais, and the El Morro valley.  Then there is the discovery of the box canyon and Native American (Pueblan) ruins, hidden from sight, located on the opposite side of these bluffs.

It’s a 200 foot climb from this point to that solitary tree and the air is pretty thin (7,200 ft. elevation) for a prairie dweller like me, but I’m happy that I made the effort to stand under that tree.


5 Responses to “To the Top of El Morro”

  1. 1 Danudin
    May 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Gotta Love trees that grow were they shouldn’t outta. Great Photo.

  2. 2 tmcchesney
    May 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Wow, it looks like it is worth the hike! What a beautiful spot and what a beautiful reward – shade (from one tree) LOL!

  3. 3 Gandalf
    May 7, 2009 at 10:09 am

    the photo reflects the height of which you speak. did you crawl up that rock wall or take the elevator? 🙂

  4. May 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

    What an outstanding photo, Bo. Everything about the composition says those are some big rocks and the tree is really far up. Beautiful color and contrast too…

  5. May 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Fantastic – the solitary tree really makes this shot stand out.

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