Added to the National Trails System in October 2000, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior) National Historic Trail recognizes the primary route between the colonial Spanish capital of Mexico City and the Spanish provincial capitals at San Juan de Los Caballeros (1598-1600); San Gabriel (1600-1609); and Santa Fe (1610-1821). The national historic trail extends 404 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. The trail is also international, with 1,400 kilometers in Mexico from the US border to Mexico City. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

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The Bureau of Land Management coadministers this trail with the National Park Service. To learn more about BLM trail activities go to:

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National Trails System
The National Historic Trails System, established by the National Trails System Act of 1968, commemorates historic routes and promotes their preservation and development for public use. National historic trails recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication, and military action. The historic trails generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous. Although national historic trails are administered by federal agencies, land ownership may be in public or private hands. Learn more about the National Trails System, including national historic, scenic, and recreation trails. View the National Trails System map.

Our Mission
To promote the preservation and development of national historic trails for public use, enjoyment, education, and inspiration.

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Last updated: July 20, 2018

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El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


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