The Camels are Coming to El Morro National Monument

Camel Ranger (NPS)

Join U.S. Camel Corps re-enactor Doug Baum, his camels, and park staff at El Morro National Monument from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 2022, for the Camel Corps Commemoration event.

Over one hundred and fifty years ago, one of the United States’ most unique expeditions passed by the towering cliff face of El Morro. A camel expedition sponsored by the US government passed through this area enroute to California in 1857, leaving their unique mark in place and time. Mounted and packed to the fullest, U.S. Army camels proved their potential for western travel. Come discover the importance of camels in American History through reenactments and educational programs on this special September weekend.

This free event features programs by Camel Corps expert Doug Baum and his live camels, talks by historian Jerry Snow, hands-on activities and crafts for kids, and programs by park rangers.

The monument is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Presentations and children’s programming will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. A free shuttle bus will provide service from the Old School Gallery parking lot to El Morro Visitor Center.