Many people, institutions, and agencies are researching the history of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Through the Challenge Cost Share Program, the National Park Service forms partnerships with many different groups to encourage research activities along the trail. Our collective goal is to to protect, preserve, and commemorate the history and properties associated with El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
A broad range of research topics are eligible for cost share funding. They could include: documenting a structure's history and architectural fabric and design in anticipation of stabilization or preservation actions; studies of trail sites that may be eligible for certification or nomination to the National Register of Historic Places; general research into the trail's history in a particular area that will contribute to an interpretive program; and many others.
Go to the link(s) at the top of this page to access completed research projects. Trailwide research covers the entire trail across New Mexico, Texas, and various Mexican states.
Did You Know?
For 25 years (1821-1846), when New Mexico was part of the Republic of Mexico, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro was the road that Missouri merchants - known as Santa Fe traders - used to reach Mexico's interior markets. Dry goods and hardware were traded for bullion and mules.