• 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

Our Partners

The Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work with other federal agencies, state and local governments, organizations, tribes, and private individuals as partners to administer the national historic trail.

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association is the primary nonfederal partner with the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management in planning and administration of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail. The association is a national organization dedicated to preserving the trail and telling its stories.

To learn more, visit the association's website at www.caminorealcarta.org

The historic trail is also designated as El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro National Scenic Byway, a program administered by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

To learn more, visit the New Mexico Tourism Department's website on the byway at http://newmexico.org/scenicbyways/el_camino_real.php

Did You Know?

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

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.