• Mission San Jose

    El Camino Real de los Tejas

    National Historic Trail TX,LA

Directions

 

Getting to El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

El Camino Real de los Tejas was established to connect a series of Spanish missions and posts between Monclova, Mexico, and Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas (in what is now northwestern Louisiana). The royal road was an approximately 1,000-mile long corridor of changing routes from Saltillo through Monclova and Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico; San Antonio and Nacogdoches, Texas, and then east to the vicinity of Los Adaes in what is now Louisiana. It constituted the only primary overland route from the Río Grande to the Red River Valley in Louisiana during the Spanish Colonial Period.

Plane

You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Laredo and San Antonio, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Car

You can reach some trail sites by auto on all-weather roads. Many sites are on private land - please do not trespass and always ask landowner permission to visit a site.

 

The 2011 trail map of El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT. (423 KB pdf)

 
trail Map

Did You Know?

Daughters of the American Revolution granite marker sits on El Camino Real de los Tejas

Throughout the 19th century, portions of El Camino Real de los Tejas, now a national historic trail, became known as the Old San Antonio Road and were used as immigration routes for people coming from the United States.