AAA Editor Notes
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is about 35 mi. s. of Socorro off I-25S exit 115, then 1.5 mi. s. on SR 1, then 3 mi. e. on CR 1598 (just past marker 24). Used by traders, settlers and Native Americans for some 300 years, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (The Royal Road to the Interior) brought the first Spanish and Mexican colonists to what is now New Mexico. The trail not only provided a means of travel through a vast region but served as a means of introducing livestock, agricultural products, cultural ideas, religion and literature.
Exhibits at the visitor center include a re-creation of the main plaza in Zacatecas, Mexico, a hand-hewn carreta (cart) that carried people and their belongings along the trail, a tienda (store) and such artifacts as tools and leather water jugs.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.