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:
Rio Puerco at www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/fo/Rio_Puerco_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?
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro was used by settlers, missionaries, military, and traders for almost 300 years. When the railroad reached New Mexico in 1880, the Camino Real gradually fell into disuse. Today, Interstate-25 generally follows the historic route of the centuries-old trail.