The Royal Road to the Interior

Take a journey on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail to savor 300 years of heritage and culture in the Southwest. This Spanish colonial "royal road" in New Mexico and Texas originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.


El Camino Real original route logo

Tell-Tale Signs

The land has a story to tell. Swales, creek crossings, and missions chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.

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official logo to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro NHT

Howdy Partner

The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.

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man walking La Bajada hill

Travel the Trail

Walk trail segments, and visit museums, historic sites, parks, forts, plazas, and a palace connected to El Camino Real's rich history from 1598.

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Map of El Camino Real including Mexico and the US

A Complete Set of Tools

Ready to follow the trail? Need a map? Your toolkit includes brochures, maps, and links for trip planning. Go to Multimedia for video/audio/exhibits.

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Passport to Your National Parks 25th anniversary book

Your Passport to the Trail

Visit over 15 sites where you can get your book stamped. Sites & location information listed here. Everyone loves the National Park Passport Program!

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The Trail Comes Alive!

Watch videos that will help you travel and experience the trail. Peruse exhibits placed along the route. Listen to tales of this historic journey.

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artwork of Juan de Oñate's colonizing expedition to the New World in 1598

Much Ado About Something

This is a story of discovery, adventure, conquest, colonization, trade, wars, and riches. Read all about it through ongoing research papers.

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