Jornada del Muerto Overview
The Jornada del Muerto was a desolate 90-mile stretch on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior). On this part of the historic route, no water or forage was available to trail travelers.
Yost Escarpment Trail Overview
The 1.5 mile retracement trail (original trail section) along a portion of the Jornada del Muerto illustrates the challenges of trail travel. It ends at the top of an escarpment – a steep, rocky slope that was a true test for caravans with huge freight wagons.
To access Yost Escarpment Trailhead on Sierra County Road A013 (near Truth or Consequences, NM):
- From the north: Take I-25 Exit #79 and head east on 51, then south on County Road A013 (Upham Road); 17 miles south of 51.
- From the south: Take I-25 Exit #32 to County Road E072, which turns into County Road E070, which turns into County Road A013 (Upham Road); 19.5 miles north of I-25.