• 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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Exhibits - View a series of outdoor exhibits at various sites along El Camino Real de Tierra Adrentro NHT. Take the virtual journey and then visit the site!

 
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Listen to a reading of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail brochure
(9.5 MB, mp3, 10 minutes).

This is a large file, please be patient while it loads. You can listen to it by clicking on the link, or you can save it to your computer by right-clicking and choosing the "Save Target As" option.

For the text of the reading, please see the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail brochure, front side (timeline).

NPS - April 2011

Did You Know?

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

The dreaded Jornada del Muerto is a 90-mile stretch of almost waterless desert on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in present-day New Mexico. In the 1600 and 1700s, Spanish trade and supply caravans traveling the road between Mexico City and Santa Fe would move through this section at night.