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El Camino de
Tierra Adentro

 

Introduction

Road Trip

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Introduction

Introduction

 

       El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Spanish for "The Royal Road of the Interior") was a 1600 mile long (2560 kilometer) trade route between Mexico City, Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1598 to 1882. The 404 mile (646 kilometer) section of the route within the United States was proclaimed as a National Historic Trail on October 13, 2000. The trail is overseen by both the National Park Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail is a part of the United States National Historic Trail system.

     From the Texas-New Mexico border to San Juan Pueblo north of Espanola, a drivable route, mostly part of former U.S. Route 85, has been designated as a National Scenic Byway called El Camino Real.

     Portions of the trade route corridor also contain pedestrian/bicycle/equestrian trails. These include the existing Paseo del Bosque Trail in Albuquerque and portions of the proposed Rio Grande Trail. Its northern terminus, Santa Fe, is a terminus also of the Old Spanish Trail and the Santa Fe Trail.

    Along the trail, parajes (stop overs) that have been preserved today include El Rancho de las Golondrinas.  Fort Craig and Fort Selden are also located along the trail. 

     US 85 in Texas begins at the United States/Mexico border with U.S. Highway 62 and travels north through El Paso. It then splits from US 62 and travels

 

 

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northwest along the Rio Grande until it joins with I-10, about 14 miles before both reach the New Mexico border.  U.S. 85 in New Mexico is entirely concurrent with Interstate Routes. For the first 20 miles (32 km) it shares its route with I-10. It then continues north for the remainder of its length in New Mexico concurrent with I-25. It is not signed.

Road Trip

Road Trip

If you have traced your 18th or 19th century ancestors to any of the counties listed below it is quite possible that they traveled to that location along this migration route.  Therefore you may find additional relevant information about your ancestral lineages by taking the following road trip through these localities.

COUNTY (Road Trip Segment)

COUNTY (Road Trip Segment)

COUNTY (Road Trip Segment)

Bernalillo County, NM (5)

Dona Ana County, NM (1)

El Paso County, TX (1) ±

Los Alamos County, NM (6)

Sandoval County, NM (5,6)

Santa Fe County, NM (6)

Sierra County, NM (2,3)

Socorro County, NM (3,4)

Valencia County, NM (4)

± = Counties where our direct ancestors were either, born, married, died or known to have resided.

Genealogy Road Trip

This “Genealogy Road Trip” is divided into segments that require between 1 and 2 hours of driving time.

The entire 405 mile journey should take approximately 10 hours to drive at 50 miles per hour.  Within each segment you will find links to resources* that will assist you in planning a successful and enjoyable experience.  The following maps are designed to show a close-up view of the counties and communities along this migration route.  Relevant county seats are designated with a, beginning and end points of each segment are noted with a  and historical sites with a .

 

SEGMENT 1

 El Paso, TX to

Leasburg, NM

SEGMENT 2

 Leasburg, NM to

Truth or Consequences, NM

SEGMENT 3

 Truth or Consequences, NM

 to  Socorro, NM

SEGMENT 4

 Socorro, NM to

Los Lunas, NM

SEGMENT 5

 Los Lunas, NM to

Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM

SEGMENT 6

 Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM

 to San Juan Pueblo, NM

SEGMENT 7

 

SEGMENT 8

 

SEGMENT 9

 

SEGMENT 10

 

SEGMENT 11

 

SEGMENT 12

 

SOURCES:  (1) Wikipedia;   (2) The USGenWeb Project;   (3) National Register of Historical Places

 

 

SEGMENT 1

SEGMENT 1

El Paso, TX to

Leasburg, NM

Driving Distance = 60 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.25 hours

 

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General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

Dona Ana County, NM

Dona Ana County, NM

Dona Ana County, NM

El Paso County, TX

El Paso County, TX

El Paso County, TX

 

 

 

SEGMENT 2

Leasburg, NM to

Truth or Consequences, NM

Driving Distance = 65 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.25 hours

 

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General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

Sierra County, NM

Sierra County, NM

Sierra County, NM

 

 

 

SEGMENT 3

Truth or Consequences, NM

 to  Socorro, NM

Driving Distance = 72 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.50 hours

 

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General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

Sierra County, NM

Sierra County, NM

Sierra County, NM

Socorro County, NM

Socorro County, NM

Socorro County, NM

 

 

 

SEGMENT 4

Socorro, NM to

Los Lunas, NM

Driving Distance = 60 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.25 hours

 

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General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

Socorro County, NM

Socorro County, NM

Socorro County, NM

Valencia County, NM

Valencia County, NM

Valencia County, NM

 

 

 

SEGMENT 5

Los Lunas, NM to

Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM

Driving Distance = 64 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.25 hours

 

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General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

Bernalillo County, NM

Bernalillo County, NM

Bernalillo County, NM

Sandoval County, NM

Sandoval County, NM

Sandoval County, NM

 

 

 

SEGMENT 6

Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM

 to San Juan Pueblo, NM

Driving Distance = 62 miles;   Driving Time = approximately 1.25 hours

 

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General Profile

Genealogy & History Resources

Historical Sites

Los Alamos County, NM

Los Alamos County, NM

Los Alamos County, NM

Sandoval County, NM

Sandoval County, NM

Sandoval County, NM

Santa Fe County, NM

Santa Fe County, NM

Santa Fe County, NM

 

 

 

Internet Resources

Internet 
Resources

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General Resources

·        American Migration Patterns

·        Migration Routes, Roads & Trails

·        Brethren Life: Migrations

·        Trails West - TNGenWeb

·        Historical U.S. roads and trails - Wikipedia

·        U.S. Historical Maps - Perry-Castañeda Collection

·        Early American Roads and Trails

·        Frontier Trails: A Brief History

·        MIGRATIONS.org

·        ROOTS / MIGRATIONS

·       American Migration Fact Sheets

·       Map guide to American migration routes,1735-1815

·       Migration Book Store

·       Early Migration Routes

·       The Overland Trail Links--Ancient Indian Trails

·       American Westward Expansion

·       Migration Message Boards – Ancestry.com

·       The African-American Migration Experience 

·       Migration Trailsmap of many U.S. trails

·       Migration Information & Maps By Ethnic Group

Topic Specific Resources

·        El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro - Wikipedia

·        El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro - Education Curriculum

·        Carta: El Camino Real Trail Association

·        El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro - Images

·        El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro – New Mexico Art

 

·       El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro - U.S. Natl. Park Service

·       El Camino Real – International Heritage Center

·       El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro – Adventures in the Past

·       Camino Real de Tierra Adentro - UNESCO 

·       El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Natl. Historic Trail

Download a free 2-page Fact Sheet

Link 1 (script)

about American migration routes

 

Family Historian's
Reference Library

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you will find books about historic American roads, trails, and paths.  In addition, there are texts that pertain to ethnic and religion groups, history, geography as well as other books that will assist you with your research.

 

This Link will take you to our

collection of reference books.  

Image Gallery

Image Gallery

During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of historic American roads, trails and migration.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of this topic as well as our ancestors past lives.

Landscape in New Mexico, along the

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

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