• 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


Old San Miguel Church - a mission church, adobe, with large arched doorway and two steeples with two crosses
San Miguel mission was founded in 1598 (during Juan de Oñate’s settlement expedition), and for many years it served as the southernmost mission in New Mexico’s Rio Abajo (lower Rio Grande). Portions of the present church date back to 1826. In 2014, the church reopened to the congregation after a multiyear restoration. It is the oldest building in Socorro, New Mexico.

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Sites along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, including Palace of the Governors, Spanish Colonial Arts Museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Coronado State Monument/KuauaPueblo, Gutierrez-Hubbell House, Fort Selden State Monument, Mesilla Plaza, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Bosque del Apache NWF, El Camino Real International Heritage Center, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, City of El Paso Museum of History, Ysleta Mission Church, El Paso La Purisima Socorro Mission, San Elceario Catholic Church, and Chamizal National Memorial generally meet accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

However, because of the varied nature and rural character of the many certified sites making up this trail, it is best that you inquire locally about accessibility when contacting specific sites for visitation information.

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