• 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

For Kids

What happened when Spanish explorer and colonizer Juan de Oñate arrived near present-day Socorro, New Mexico from Mexico City in 1598? How did the pueblo people (Piro) of Teypana react? Find out in this play written by Spanish teacher Sheri Armijo and performed by 6th graders from Cottonwood Valley Charter School, Socorro, New Mexico.

 

Did You Know?

Traces of a dirt road, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, stretch across a southern New Mexico desert landscape

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro was used by settlers, missionaries, military, and traders for almost 300 years. When the railroad reached New Mexico in 1880, the Camino Real gradually fell into disuse. Today, Interstate-25 generally follows the historic route of the centuries-old trail.