El Camino Real
State: New Mexico
Length: 299.0 mi / 481.2 km
Time to Allow: 9 hours to drive or a couple days to enjoy the byway
Cultures along El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro (The Royal Road of the Interior Land), are as diverse as its history and scenery. Pueblos reveal artisans crafting wares using centuries-old methods. The route, first traveled by Don Juan de Onate in 1598, provided news, supplies, and travel to the first capital of the New World.
As you drive El Camino Real, you'll pass sky-reaching peaks in the north and flatlands in the south. This beautiful desert and its wildlife refuges provide a home for a vast range of birds. Bring your binoculars!
The El Camino Real is an experience sure to leave an impression of the Southwest with you forever. It follows the Rio Grande River from the United States/Mexico border to Santa Fe. It traverses a land rich in history and culture.
to Enjoy the Ride...
1-Day Trip: The Española Experience
The Española Experience tells the story of this segment of El Camino Real. You will learn of the Anasazi (ancient ones), the first settlers of the...