The trail known today as the El Camino Real de Tiera Adentro (CARTA) National Historic Trail was the only link New Mexico had to the rest of the North American continent during the Spanish Colonial Era. The name translates to “royal road” or “king’s highway”. CARTA served many roles during its long reign as the primary thoroughfare in the area, including as a path for Spanish missionaries, conquistadores, and commercial traders. Notable points of interest on the Trail include the Palace of the Governors and the Mesquite Historic District.
Northern Terminus: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Southern Terminus: El Paso, Texas