Things To Do

acequia waters encased in cement with trees around

Acequia Madre Mission de Valero, Bexar County, Texas:  The Spanish and their Indian charges built this irrigation ditch (acequia) after the founding of San Antonio in 1718. Hand dug and made of dressed limestone, the acequia diverted water from San Antonio River through agricultural fields that belonged to San Antonio de Valero Mission.

Christopher Talbot


Numerous activities are available along El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. These include hiking, driving, visiting museums and visitor centers, stopping at parks, and touring historic communities established during El Camino Real era. Go to Places To Go for an interactive site map and a listing of sites by state that includes site name, address, phone number, access, historical significance, onsite interpretation, and website.

Go to the Publications web page to view / read / order the official map and guide brochure.

Bring visitors to your El Camino site! Go to Tell-Tale Signs to learn how you can create a road sign plan in your area.

Nonfederal historic sites, trail segments, and interpretive facilities become part of the trail through certification. This is a voluntary process in which an owner or manager agrees to adhere to National Park Service standards for resource preservation and visitor use. Public lands and state, county, and city parks along the trail route preserve trail resources. Although not yet certified, they may be open for public use. Other trail sites are on nonprofit or private property and may not be open to the public.

Did You Know?