• 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

Plan Your Visit

 

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail extends 404 miles in Texas and New Mexico, while the historic trail extended all the way to Mexico City. There are museums, historic sites, churches, and original trail segments located all along the length of the trail into Mexico.

To assist with your trip planning, contact information and locations of some trail-related sites and museums can be found at Places to Go in New Mexico and Places to Go in Texas. Find out where you can get your Passport book stamped.

The National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management administer this trail jointly. Visit the BLM website dedicated to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

 

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Travel Itinerary

A journey along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail through New Mexico, Texas, and the highlands of Mexico presents travelers with an exciting opportunity to explore over 300 years of multi-national heritage and culture. Highlighted in the National Park Service's new El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary, this Spanish Colonial "royal road of the interior" is a symbol of the shared cultural heritage that exists between Spain, Mexico, and the American Southwest. Loaded with information, images, maps, and essays, this itinerary explores the three centuries of cultural interactions along this route and features 17 historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that tell its stories.

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/El_Camino_Real_de_Tierra_Adentro/

 
Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Catholic Church, Dona Ana
People enjoy visiting the Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Catholic Church in Doña Ana, New Mexico.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

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.