El Camino Real de los Tejas

Join us on a trek across Texas as we explore the origins of the first established road in Texas. Check out the Museum’s new video, El Camino Real de los Tejas, or stop by the Museum to view the 15-minute film.

A newly designated National Historic Trail, el Camino Real de los Tejas covered fifteen hundred miles of changing routes from Mexico City through San Antonio, Nacogdoches and eastward to Los Adaes, the first Capital of Spanish Texas. Blazed not by man but beast, the Camino Real began as pathways for animals following the exposed Weches bedrock formation across Texas Rivers. These pathways were later developed into a set of trails connecting prehistoric Native American communities and were eventually utilized by Europeans as a means to conquer a new land.

For more information on development of the trail system, go to: http://www.nps.gov/elte

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