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About the Camino Real
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 Historic Trail.
   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
State Historic Sites  (formerly New Mexico State Monuments) a facility of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs to protect and present New Mexico's historic and cultural treasures. 
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.
Hours & Admission  here
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.
Phone: 575-854-3679
> Brief history of the trail and
      the Jornada del Muerto
> Photos of the trail
> Take a modern day
    auto-tour of the trail
> How to find us
> Other area attractions
> Our museum exhibits and artifacts
> Teypana Pueblo excavation
> Building our horno (oven)
> Building the carreta (ox cart)
Our Special Events >>>
Local History >>>
> Historic Forts Day  Mar. 2014
> La Gran Pastorela  Dec. 2011
> Piro Welcome Home Nov 2012
> A look at our Past Events 
> Local history articles by
      Paul Harden
Including history articles on the Camino Real
Our Heritage >>>
> The unique culture and
      heritage of New Mexico
> La Pastorela
> Las Posadas with songs 
El Camino Real
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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
Happy Birthday
El Camino Real is
416 years old in 2014
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
Who Are We?
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Under Construction
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 22 July 2014
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Upcoming Events
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Saturday, Sept. 20
"Native New Mexico"
Saturday, Sept. 27
"Solar Saturday" astronomy event
Saturday, October 18
Camino Real Music Festival
Saturday, November 22
"Festival of the Trail"
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Between Socorro and Truth or Consequences, NM -- I-25 Exit 115