El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
Rack Card of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (NHT) in New Mexico and Texas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail New Mexico, Texas Travel the Royal Road The Royal Road at the Jornada del Muerto in New Mexico. Blazed atop a network of footpaths that tied Mexico’s ancient cultures with the equally ancient cultures of the interior West, Don Juan de Oñate took the first Spanish colonists in 1598 along what became “The Royal Road of the Interior Lands.” El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro began in Mexico City and continued to Ohkay Owinge Pueblo, north of present-day Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a royal road, it brought priests, solders, traders, settlers, and officials to Spain’s northern frontier—today’s New Mexico. El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is the earliest EuroAmerican trade route in the United States. Tying Spain’s colonial capital at Mexico City to its northern frontier in distant New Mexico, the route spans three centuries, two countries, and 1,600 miles. You can follow in their footsteps... El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico Places to Visit These are only a few of the sites that you can visit on the trail. They represent the variety of experiences and activities that occured along the historic trail over hundreds of years of use including Mexican independence, American trade, and the invasion Socorro of Mexico by the US military. Rio Gr an de Española 1 25 3 Albuquerque 4 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 5 6 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 7 8 Truth or Consequences Santa Fe 2 Engle 9 25 Palace of the Governors El Rancho de las Golondrinas Casa San Ysidro/Gutiérrez-Minge House The Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Tomé Hill Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Fort Craig Historic Site El Camino Real Historic Trail Site Jornada del Muerto Trailheads Fort Selden Historic Site Mesilla Plaza Chamizal National Monument Ysleta Mission Church La Purísima Socorro Mission San Elizario Catholic Church 10 13 11 Nearby Town Site of Interest Trail Route Las Cruces New Mexico El Paso Mexico Ciudad Juárez Texas 12 13 14 15 To Mexico City El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail runs through the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Established by Congress in 2001, it is co-administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, who work with partners to foster trail preservation and public use. Trail sites are in private, municipal, tribal, federal or state ownership. Bureau of Land Management www.blm.gov/nm National Park Service National Trails Intermountain Region www.nps.gov/elca El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association www.caminorealcarta.org Look for signs like these to retrace the Royal Road. Scan this code for nps.gov/elca