From the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley

Come on a journey that will carry you through 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development on a Spanish colonial "royal road" that originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.


ELTE sign plan

Tell-Tale Signs

The land tells a story. Ruts & creek crossings, missions & presidios chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.

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Map of El Camino Real de las Tejas NHT

A Complete Set of Tools

Ready to follow the trail? Need a map? Your toolkit includes maps, visitor information links, and an array of trip planning tips.

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tall stone structure with a cross on top (a mission) with a green-leafed tree to the left and blue sky to the right; a sidewalk leads to the mission

Travel the Trail

Visit museums, historic sites, missions, presidios, and walk original trail segments located along the length of the trail into Mexico.

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Passport book

Your Passport to the Trail

Over 15 sites at museums, historic sites, missions, presidios, and parks offer the Passport stamp as well as education, inspiration, and good fun.

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Official logo for El Camino Real de las Tejas NHT

Howdy Partner

The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.

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Sugarloaf Bridge, Milam County

Much Ado About Something

This is a story of exploration, adventure, conquest, revolt, trade, migration, and settlement. Read all about it here.

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