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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.
Friends of El Camino Real is a group of local volunteers that support the Camino Real Historic Trail Site, special events at the Center, and other educational programs.
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
is the "Friends Group"
of volunteers and docents that supports
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site, provides research and educational materials and programs on the trail, sponsors special events at the Trail Center, and this website.
The Friends operate our Gift Shop and Book Store Wed. thru Sun.
consisting of Southwestern gifts to a popular selection of local history books.
 The Gift Store funds our educational and other programs.
Phone: 575-854-3679
> History articles on El Camino
   Real by Paul Harden
> Photos of the trail
Our Heritage >>>
> The unique culture and
      heritage of New Mexico
> La Pastorela
> Las Posadas with songs 
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.
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Experience the history and heritage of the famous El Camino Real Trail -- America's first highway and longest serving emigrant trail


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Between Socorro and Truth or Consequences, NM -- I-25 Exit 115
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