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Near Ramah in Cibola County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Oasis

El Morro National Monument

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
1. Oasis Marker
Inscription.  Before the days of interstates and automobiles, a journey from Albuquerque to Zuni (about 150 miles) typically took 9 or 10 days. Imagine the relief travelers must have felt when they reached this shady little oasis after walking or riding a horse for days across mountains, desert, and lava rocks. The water here was not just refreshing — it was, at times, a lifesaver. In the words of Captain Gaspar Perez de Villagra in 1598:

When by great effort I arrived at the foot of some lofty cliffs at which I sat down, and then saw that there was a quiet tank of cold water, above whose crystalline [waters], almost blind, I was with difficulty conquering the great madness of the insatiable thirst which overwhelmed me, when trembling, all exhausted, the wet liquor injected strength.

Por gran fuerte fuy llegando, al pie de unos peñascos lebantados, en cuyo asiento y puesto vi que estaua, un apazible estanque de agua fría, sobre cuyos cristalinas casi ciego, apenas fuy venciendo la gran furia, de la insaziable sed que me acabaua, quando temblando todo estremecido, el húmido licor lance forcado.

 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
2. Oasis Marker
(Inscription trail on left • Oasis in background)
National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 35° 2.405′ N, 108° 21.071′ W. Marker is near Ramah, New Mexico, in Cibola County. Marker can be reached from El Morro National Monument Road 0.9 miles from Ice Caves Road (New Mexico Highway 53). Marker is located along the Inscription interpretive trail, about ¼ mile from the El Morro National Monument Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ramah NM 87321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lemonade Sumac (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Our Heritage (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monumental Changes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atsinna (approx. 0.2 miles away); Visitors Through the Ages (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to El Morro (approx. ¾ mile away); El Morro National Monument Inscription Rock (approx. 0.8 miles away); Matilda Coxe Stevenson (1849-1915) (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ramah.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. El Morro National Monument
 
Also see . . .  El Morro National Monument. From a main east-west trail, dating from antiquity, rises the great sandstone promontory
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
3. Oasis Pool
of El Morro. Over the centuries, those who traveled this trail stopped to camp at the shaded oasis beneath these cliffs. They left the carved evidence of their passing — symbols, names, dates, and fragments of their stories that register the cultures and history intermingled on the rock. (Submitted on December 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
4. Oasis Pool
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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