Added to the National Trails System in October 2000, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior) National Historic Trail recognizes the primary route between the colonial Spanish capital of Mexico City and the Spanish provincial capitals at San Juan de Los Caballeros (1598-1600); San Gabriel (1600-1609); and Santa Fe (1610-1821). The national historic trail extends 404 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico.
The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service are charged with joint planning and administration of the trail. A Comprehensive Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement for the trail was completed in April 2004, followed by a Record of Decision in September 2004. The Comprehensive Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement is available for reading or downloading.
To learn more about BLM administration of the trail, visit their website at:
Trail administrative activities include:
National Trails System
Did You Know?
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.