A journey along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail through New Mexico, Texas, and the highlands of Mexico presents travelers with an exciting opportunity to explore over 300 years of multi-national heritage and culture. Highlighted in the National Park Service’s new El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary, this Spanish Colonial “royal road of the interior” is a symbol of the shared cultural heritage that exists between Spain, Mexico, and the American Southwest. Loaded with information, images, maps, and essays, this itinerary explores the three centuries of cultural interactions along this route and features 17 historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that tell its stories.
“El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail commemorates and preserves a fascinating feature of America’s diverse and complex Latino heritage,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “This travel itinerary offers a tool for both American and international audiences to explore that rich heritage and discover the roots of what made America what it is today.”
Designated a national historic trail in 2000, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. While El Camino Real begins in Mexico City, the national historic trail in the United States extends 404 miles from El Paso, Texas to Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico and helps preserve and bring awareness to the many historic places and stories of this influential travel route.
The El Camino Real itinerary is the 58th in the online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series, which supports historic preservation, promotes public awareness of history, and encourages visits to historic places throughout the country. The National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services and its National Trails Intermountain Region produced this travel itinerary in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
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