• 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

Comprehensive Management Plan

Did You Know?

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

Leading settlers and vast herds of livestock into New Mexico in 1598, Don Juan de Onate crossed the Rio Grande at what became El Paso. Onate then followed indigenous routes along the river, thus establishing the general route of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, which was used for almost 300 years.