El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

Starting in the late 1500s, Spanish conquistadors used a single route to connect Mexico City with their territories in New Mexico — today, you can follow the same path on the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail. The section of the trail in the United States travels for more than 400 miles from Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico, to El Paso, Texas. Along the way, you can wander through the ruins of historic frontier outposts, admire Spanish colonial architecture, and visit museums dedicated to the different cultures that have wrestled for control of New Mexico and Texas throughout the years, including ancient indigenous people, Spanish colonialists, the independent Mexican government, and eventually, the United States. Travel the entire length, camping along the way, or add one or two sites to your southwestern vacation.

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Things To Do Near El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

The El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail covers more than 400 miles, ensuring that you'll find plenty to do. Whether you're interested in museums and historic sites or you'd prefer to hike into the wilderness to get a sense of the scope and isolated nature of the journey, the route offers activities to spare. Cities like Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and El Paso line the trail, ensuring that you're never far from shopping, dining, and excellent campgrounds. 

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How To Get To El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

The El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail starts north of Santa Fe in Ohkay Owingeh and travels to the Mexican border in El Paso. I-25 is the fastest way to travel between many of the sites along the trail.

Address

1100 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Fee: Entry fee $0

A visit to one or more of the sites along the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail is a chance to learn about the history of the American Southwest. Discover how New Mexico and western Texas changed hands, passing from the Native Americans to the Spanish before the territories became part of the United States. An RV is an excellent way to travel the trail; you can camp along the way and become a modern-day explorer.