El Camino Real Historic Trail Site

Fact Sheet


The El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is closed. The information below is included for archival purposes.  

El Camino Real de Tierro Adentro, the Royal Road of the Interior, was the first European road in North America. In the 16th century, Spanish settlers struggled up this road from Mexico, determined to explore and settle the New World.

Opening its doors to the public in November 2005 as the sixth addition to NM Historic Sites, El Camino Real Historic Trail Site commemorated the oldest commuted trail in the United States.

The Center offered fascinating, informative state-of-the-art exhibits while taking a virtual tour along the trail from Zacatecas, Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico. 


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