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El Camino Real International Heritage Center
Located thirty (30) miles south of Socorro Socorro, NM 87801
SouthWest
575-854-3600

A state monument dedicated to El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (the Royal Road of the Interior) is located 35 miles south of Socorro off Interstate 25 at exit 115. Rising up from the desert like a ship on the sea, the museum tells the story of the trade route from Mexico City to Santa Fe/Taos during Spanish colonial times. Exhibits detail the history of the trail, from Juan de Oñate’s expedition in 1598, to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, to modern New Mexico. You can learn about Jornado del Muerto—Journey of the Dead Man—the 90-mile stretch of the Camino from Radium Springs near Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences. You’ll see examples of the carts that were used to carry goods, artifacts found along the trail itself, and photographs of early travelers. Entry to the museum comes with an audio walking tour so that visitors experience the exhibits on several levels. The outdoor amphitheater provides modern day travelers an opportunity to ponder the landscape and the difficulties encountered by earlier travelers as they journeyed through the desert, driving livestock across vast stretches without water and maneuvering carts in and out of rocky arroyos.