Plan Your Visit


El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail extends 2,580 miles across Texas and into northwest Louisiana, while the historic trail extended all the way to Mexico City. There are museums, historic sites, missions, presidios, and original trail segments located along the length of the trail into Mexico. Here is a sampling:

PRESIDIOS/MISSIONS: The mission system is a window into the history of the trail. The mission system strengthened Spain's ability to hold and settle the new lands in the Americas. Priests and soldiers were sent to pave the way. Missions were both the city of God and the city of men. Visit Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía, Mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga, Acequia Madre Mission de Valero, and Presidio de Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza de los Adaes.

MUSEUMS: Keeping history alive! Immerse yourself in the region's history, culture, industry, and populations: Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, Stone Fort Museum, and Durst-Taylor House.

PARKS: These parks offer mission ruins, key trail crossings, and original trail routes: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Bastrop State Park, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site.

TRAIL SEGMENTS/SPRINGS: Imagine walking in the footsteps of explorers, missionaries, and soldiers; discover the landscapes; imagine their hardships: Mission Tejas State Park, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Comal Springs, and Lobanillo Swales.

Go to A Photographic Journey of the Trail to find more places to visit along the trail. The journey travels from Mexico, across Texas, to northwestern Louisiana and includes a map.



Basic Information - Operating Hours &Seasons, Fees & Reservations, America the Beautiful Passes, Weather

Directions & Transportation - Getting to El Camino Real by plane and car

Maps - Offering a variety of trail maps

Places To Go - An interactive map with trail sites and a list of sites by state

Road Signs - Helping you find your way along the trail

Passport to Your National Parks - Find out where to get your Passport book stamped

Publications - Read / print / order trail brochures

Multimedia - Access a photographic journey of the trail, exhibits, and a photo gallery

Safety - There are many manageable hazards for you to consider

Accessibility - Find out the many ways to experience the trail through accessibility

Travel & Tourism

There is no formally established auto tour route for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. However, local travel guides can provide information about historic sites and museums located along the historic trail. Consider contacting chambers of commerce and visitors bureaus in communities along the trail to learn more about local attractions and activities.

Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cuero Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

East Texas Tourism Association

Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce

Sabine Parish Tourist Commission

Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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