El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail

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El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail

Texas

(505) 988-6098

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Overview

El Camino Real de los Tejas was established to connect a series of Spanish missions and posts between Monclova, Mexico, and Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas (in what is now northwestern Louisiana). The royal road was an approximately 1,000-mile long corridor of changing routes from Saltillo through Monclova and Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico; San Antonio and Nacogdoches, Texas, and then east to the vicinity of Los Adaes in what is now Louisiana. It constituted the only primary overland route from the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley in Louisiana during the Spanish Colonial Period. Hours vary from site to site along the trail. Contact individual site owners/managers for more information.

Numerous activities are available along El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. These include hiking, driving, visiting museums and visitor centers, and touring historic communities established during the Camino Real era.

Map of El Camino Real de Los Tejas Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 29.362885, -98.481361

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There is no formally established auto tour route for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. However, local travel guides can provide information about historic sites and museums located along the historic trail.

    Consider contacting chambers of commerce and visitors bureaus in communities along the trail to learn more about local attractions and activities.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available at various locations along the trail.

  • Historic Sites

    Look left, look right, look straight ahead -- the land has a story to tell. Swells and swales, creek crossings and river routes, dips and ruts: all these signify an international highway of the past! You can follow American Indian routes that the Spanish used to establish missions and presidios in a travel corridor from the Rio Grande to Louisiana. Imagine these long-ago times as you travel to historic rendezvous points and scout natural landmarks across the countryside.

    Brown, gold and red signs bearing the trail logo will help you find and explore the many places and stories of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

Directions

Driving

There is no formally established auto tour route for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. However, local travel guides can provide information about historic sites and museums located along the historic trail. You can reach some trail sites by auto on all-weather roads. Many sites are on private land - please do not trespass and always ask landowner permission to visit a site.

Flying

You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Laredo and San Antonio, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Phone Numbers

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(505) 988-6098

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