El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro -- The Royal Road to the Interior Lands -- was the official "Road from Spain" bringing
the first colonists to the region beginning in 1598 -- 22 years before the Mayflower. This emigrant trail brought thousands
of Spanish and Mexican colonists to New Mexico until the arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s. The unique culture, history
and people of New Mexico trace their roots to the Camino Real. Though not used for over a century, remnants of the
Camino Real, Indian pueblos, and other cultural sites along the trail are being preserved today. The towns and villages
along the Rio Grande, and the Camino Real, are some of the oldest settlements in North America. El Camino Real is a National
The historic trail museum contains award winning exhibits and artifacts presenting
the history and heritage of this famous trail, life in Mexico and New Mexico during the 1600s colonial era, and the unique history
that formed the American Southwest. Our museum is suitable for visitors of all ages with ample parking for cars and RVs,
and handicap accessible.
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is one of New Mexico's
El Camino Real
trail is one of those treasures.
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is a Visitor's Center and Museum of the first European
settlements in North America (before the Mayflower) and the famous trail that brought thousands of Spanish and other emigrants to
New Mexico beginning in 1598.
Our museum presents the history and cultural significance of this 1600-1800s Spanish emigrant trail.
Foundation volunteers operate our Gift Shop and Book Store Wed. thru Sun.
consisting of Southwestern gifts to a popular selection
of local history books. Many of our volunteers are also docents to answer questions you may have about the trail or the
Historic Trail Site.
The Gift Store funds our educational and other programs.
Including history articles on the Camino Real
> The unique culture and
heritage of New Mexico
El Camino Real
This website funded and maintained by the Friends of El Camino Real. Opinions may or may not represent New Mexico State Historic
Sites or the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Thanks for visiting us!
And, hope to see you again soon.
Located south of Socorro, NM on I-25 at exit 115.
Welcome to the official website for --
Historic Trail Site
El Camino Real is
415 years old in 2013
View of Fra Cristobal Mountain and the Jornada del Muerto from the Historic Trail Site.
Fra Cristobal was a landmark on the trail -- signifying just
"two or three more weeks to go to reach Santa Fe."
Take a travel break through New Mexico and enjoy our
Visitor's Center and Museum
Interstate 25 Exit 115 (mid-way between Socorro
and Truth or Consequences, NM)
Experience the history and heritage of the famous El Camino Real Trail -- America's first highway and longest serving emigrant trail
In June 2013, legislative action changed our name from El Camino Real International Heritage Center to El Camino Real
Historic Trail Site. This website is being updated to reflect our name change. Please bear with us as we update our pages
or if you find a broken link.
Updated 5 Mar. 2014
Our recent annual
HISTORIC FORTS DAY
March 1, 2014
With presentations on:
Free Guided tours of Fort
by BLM archaeologists and rangers.
School dancers from
Cottonwood Valley Charter School
Between Socorro and Truth or Consequences, NM -- I-25 Exit 115