• Mission San Jose

    El Camino Real de los Tejas

    National Historic Trail TX,LA

Tell-Tale Signs

HELPING YOU DISCOVER THE EL CAMINO REAL DE LOS TEJAS

Look left, look right, look straight ahead — the land has a story to tell. Swells and swales, creek crossings and river routes, dips and ruts: all these signify an international highway of the past! You can follow American Indian routes that Spaniards used to establish missions and presidios in a travel corridor from the Rio Grande to Louisiana. Imagine these long-ago times as you travel to historic rendezvous points and scout natural landmarks across the countryside.

These tell-tale signs will help you find and explore the many places and stories of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

 
ELTE family of road signs
 
ELTE Local Tour Route sign

Local Tour Route signs direct you over varied terrain following local low speed, rural, and even dirt roads. They follow a number of historic trail sites or segments in a small geographic area. A number of mission sites along the national historic trail are now story sites of local lore.

 
ELTE Crossing sign

Crossing signs alert you to locations where the historic trail crossed an existing road, such as the swales at Los Adaes State Historic Site cross Highway 120, near Robeline, Louisiana.

 
Los Adaes Swale
Swales at Los Adaes State Historic Site
 
ELTE Original Route sign

Original Route signs are exclusive. These signs tell you that you are on roads well documented as being the original trail. A section of Highway 21 on the way to Mission Tejas State Park in Grapeland, Texas finds you on the original trail.

 
MissionTejasStatePark swale
Mission Tejas State Park swale
Christopher Talbot
 
ELTE Historic Site Name sign

Historic Site Name signs steer you to historic trail sites or segments. Acequia Madre is a water feature associated with Mission San Antonio de Valero.

 
Acequia Madre Mission de Valero
Acequia Madre, San Antonio, Texas
Christopher Talbot
 

When you see a Site Identification sign, you know you have arrived at the entrance to a historic site, segment, or interpretive facility.

 
Apache Pass Site Id sign

Did You Know?

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

San Antonio, Nacogdoches, and Laredo were founded along El Camino Real de los Tejas, now a national historic trail. Segments of the camino have become part of the modern highway system crossing Texas.