Historic Site Information
New Mexico Historic Sites
El Camino Real International Heritage Center NM State Monument
Opening its doors to the public in November 2005 as the sixth addition to NM State Monuments, El Camino Real International Heritage Center commemorates the oldest commuted trail in the United States. This trail, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, is one of the most important legacies of the Spanish settlers who arrived in New Mexico in 1598. This Royal Road to the Interior Land extended 1,500 miles between Mexico City and San Juan de los Caballeros, in the Española Valley north of Santa Fe. El Camino Real became a vital trade route linking Spain, Mexico, New Mexico and later the United States. As Interstate 25, the North-South trade route continues to foster the exchange of people, culture, ideas and products in the 21st Century. The Center offers fascinating, informative state-of-the-art exhibits while taking a virtual tour along the trail from Mexico City to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Enjoy outdoor gardens, walking trails, self-guided audio tour, and gift shop. INFORMATION TO PUBLIC: School groups free. Children 16 and younger free. Sundays free for NM residents with ID. Wednesdays free for NM resident senior citizens (60+) with ID. Free for Museum of NM Foundation and ECRIHC Foundation members. Single visit, $5.00. Open 6 days a week, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter.
EL CAMINO REAL INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE CENTER IS A NM STATE MONUMENT UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.