The Jornada del Muerto was a desolate 90-mile stretch on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior). During this part of the historic route, no water or forage was available to trail travelers.
Point of Rocks Trail
This ½-mile loop trail ends at the top of a rock outcrop that was a landmark for travelers on El Camino Real. Point of Rocks told travelers that water was only 10 miles away.
To access Point of Rocks Trailhead on Sierra County Road A013 (near Truth or Consequences, NM):
Yost Escarpment Trail
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):
Last updated: January 21, 2022