• 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

Dedication at the Jornada del Muerto

Outdoor exhibits tell the story of Jornada del Muerto at Point of Rocks and Yost Escarpment.


To access Yost Escarpment and Point of Rocks trailheads on Sierra County Road A013 (near Truth or Consequences, NM):

  • From the north: Take I-25 Exit #79 and head east on 51, then south on County Road A013 (Upham Road). The trailhead is 20 miles from I-25. Drive 10 more miles to find Point of Rocks Trailhead.
  • From the south: Take I-25 Exit #35 to County Road E072, which turns into County Road E070, which turns into County Road A013 (Upham Road).

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.