• 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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There is a saying in the Southwest that "all roads lead to Santa Fe." The city was linked to the trade-hungry markets of Mexico via El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Santa Fe was linked to Midwestern and East Coast markets by the Santa Fe Trail. The Old Spanish Trail provided the first overland link from Santa Fe to California.

Connecting National Historic Trails (National Trail System) include:

To learn more about the Santa Fe Trail, visit www.nps.gov/safe

To learn more about the Old Spanish Trail, visit www.nps.gov/olsp

All three of these historic trails are part of a National Trails System that includes 25 national historic and scenic trails in the United States.

ALL AREAS ARE IN NEW MEXICO

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas that have interpretive sites or that pass through the trail include:

Taos at www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Taos_Field_Office.html

Rio Puerco at www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Rio_Puerco_Field_Office.html

Socorro at www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Socorro_Field_Office.html

Fort Craig National Historic Site, about 35 miles south of Socorro, www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/socorro/fort_craig.htm

Las Cruces at www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Las_Cruces_District_Office.html

US Fish and Wildlife (FWS) areas that have interpretive sites or that pass through the trail include:

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County at www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/bosque/

US Forest Service (USFS) areas that have interpretive sites or that pass through the trail include:

Santa Fe National Forest, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties at www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/

Did You Know?

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

Throughout the 17th century, Santa Fe was the only incorporated Spanish town north of Chihuahua. Soon after its establishment in 1610, Santa Fe became the terminus for trade caravans from Mexico City, which traveled on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro for 1,500 miles.