• 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

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

Supply caravans traversing the 1,500 mile El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro linking Mexico City and Santa Fe provided communication and supply for the province of New Mexico during the 17th century. The trips occurred every three or four years and took six months each way.