Research about El Camino Real events and routes is ongoing. The National Park Service (NPS) works cooperatively with scholars, site managers, and others to learn more about trail-related stories and sites. A primary way in which the NPS stimulates trail scholarship is through the Challenge Cost Share Program. Since 2004, the agency has worked with a number of partners — El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association, universities, museums, historical societies, and other nonprofit entities — on El Camino Real projects. Many of the results of those projects have been published in various issues of CARTA, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association's newsletter. Through these projects, new historical trail information has been discovered; new or modified trail segments have been identified; several buildings have been identified as being thematically-related to El Camino Real; several outdoor interpretive exhibits have been erected; and new museum exhibits have been developed and are now on display.
If you have a project idea that can add new historical information or challenge existing notions about the trail, contact the National Trails Intermountain Region staff. Please use the Contact Us link in the left-hand navigation.
For those who would like to undertake additional research about El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, many sources are available. Historians can access a sizable number of diaries, journals, and secondary sources on the subject. Some of these are noted on the bibliography. Those interested in further research may wish to consider the following facilities:
Before visiting any of these facilities, please contact the archival staff to let them know the purpose of your visit and which records that you want to investigate.
Did You Know?
Brought to the New World by Spaniards, horses first arrived in New Mexico in the 16th century. For years afterward, many more horses were brought in via El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Indian tribes captured thousands of them, which were dispersed across the plains and integrated into American Indian culture.