• Two-wheeled carretas carried goods up El Camino from Mexico City in 1598; walking the trail in the Jornada del Muerto, a scorching 90-mile stretch of El Camino wherein colonists had to leave the cool Rio Grande to continue their journey north

    El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

    National Historic Trail NM,TX

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail? In the US, the trail stretches from Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico to El Paso, Texas for 404 miles (650 km). The historic corridor extends to Mexico City, Mexico for a total of about 1,441 miles (2,320 km)

Where can I obtain the official map and guide brochure? A brochure for the trail is available on this website. Please feel free to download and print or to order one via email.

How can I travel the trail? Go to the Places To Go web pages for travel suggestions in New Mexico and Texas. Sites are listed north to south.

Where can I get my Passport stamped? Go to the Passport for Your National Parks web pages on this website for stamp locations in New Mexico and Texas.

What is El Camino Real? The trail commemorates the route as part of a network of royal roads throughout Mexico that ran from Spanish capital to Spanish capital. When Mexican independence was achieved, El Camino Real ceased to be a royal road, because the Spanish crown had been ousted. However, the route continued in use during the Mexican National Period, as Mexican and Indian travelers, traders, settlers, soldiers, clergymen, and Anglo merchants continued their activities along it. The time period is from 1598 to 1882.

When did the trail obtain national designation? Congress established the trail in October 2000.

Who administers the trail? The trail is administered by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management in conjunction with various partners. These include El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association; Indian tribes and puebloan people associated with the trail; federal, state, county, and municipal agencies; private landowners, nonprofits, and interested groups. National Trails Intermountain Region does not own any land on the trail.

What is a national trail? Much like a national park, a national trail is created by an act of Congress. There are currently 30 national scenic and historic trails in the National Trails System. National scenic trails are hike-through trails designated for their natural beauty, environmental importance, and opportunity for outdoor recreation. National historic trails commemorate historic trade, migration, and other routes important to American culture.


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