There is a saying in the Southwest that "all roads lead to Santa Fe." The Old Spanish Trail forged the first overland link from Santa Fe to California. Santa Fe had been linked for 200 years to the trade-hungry markets of Mexico via El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. The city was also linked to U.S. midwestern and east coast markets by the Santa Fe Trail.
To learn more about El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, visit www.nps.gov/elca.
To learn more about the Santa Fe Trail, visit www.nps.gov/safe.
All three of these historic trails are part of a National Trails System that includes national historic, scenic, and recreational trails in the United States.
Did You Know?
Researchers mapping the Old Spanish National Historic Trail have used travelers' accounts and knowledge of landmarks, geography, and geology. Over its years of use, Old Spanish Trail routes varied as traders looked for good water sources and shortened the length and time of travel.