POTD: Not So Ancient Steps

Not So Ancient Steps
El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
2019

While not nearly as old as the steps in yesterday’s POTD, these still certainly qualify as historical features. They were built by the CCC in the 1930s and are part of a trail leading up to the top of El Morro (The Headland), a.k.a A’ts’ina (Place of writings on the rock) to the Zuni, a.k.a. Inscription Rock to early Anglo-Americans. As the later names imply, there are many historical inscriptions around the base of the large sandstone mesa put there by early Anglo explorers and travelers as well as petroglyphs by the much earlier Ancestral Puebloan people who lived in a 875 room pueblo on top of the mesa, the ruins of which are still there.