"The Guestbook of History” Ride to El Morro National Monument

Event date: 
Sun, 04/21/2024 - 9:00am

Lead Road Captain: Dean "Pavegord" Gordon 

Rear Road Captain: Raymond "Moses" Chavez 

Explorers and travelers have known of the pool by the great rock for centuries. A valuable water source and resting place, many who passed by inscribed their names and messages in the rock next to petroglyphs left by ancestral Puebloans. The large pueblo located on top of El Morro had been vacated by the time the Spaniards arrived in the late 1500s, and its inhabitants may have moved to the nearby pueblos in Zuni and Acoma.

As the American West grew in population, El Morro became a break along the trail for emigrants passing though and a destination for sightseers. As the popularity of the area increased, so did the tradition of carving inscription on the rock. After your picnic lunch, you can walk the Inscription Rock trail and see why El Morro was proclaimed a national monument. This trail takes you to the pool and past hundreds of Spanish and early American inscriptions, as well as pre-historical petroglyphs. If there is still time once you finish the trail, go to the visitor center and watch a 15-minute video in the museum. 

KSU from Bien Mur at 9:00am.  Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to sign in an get the ride/safety briefing.  We will have 2 gas stops in our 4 hrs and 20 minutes ride.  We will arrive El Morro National Monument about 1:15 PM.

Don’t forget to bring your picnic lunch! 

Harley Ride Planner Link for The Guestbook of History Ride  

Event location:
100 Bien Mur Dr NE
Bien Mur Travel Center
Albuquerque NM 87113
Event route: 
GPX File(s):
  Download File: El_Morro.gpx

Open Event: This event is open to Chapter members, National H.O.G. members and other guests as desired.  All riders and passengers must sign a release. 

Impairment Policy: The consumption and use of alcohol is a serious personal responsibility involving the safety of family, riding friends and the individual HOG member. Alcohol consumption before or during a motorcycling activity is not safe, responsible behavior. Turquoise Trail Chapter #2015 does not allow the use of alcohol or drugs before or during a riding event* and does not furnish alcohol at Chapter rides. Riders whose skills are observed or suspected to be impaired by alcohol or drugs before riding cannot join the ride. Riders using alcohol or drugs while riding will be asked to leave the ride. It is the responsibility of each Template Chapter member to support the consistent enforcement of this policy

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Event Coordinator: 
Dean "Pavegord" Gordon
Road Captain