El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following trail highlights and photos for the 2021 calendar year:

Collaboration and Engagement

Video intro photo-ELCA; credit NPS

In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 2021), the National History Academy invited the National Park Service, National Trails office (NTIR) to present virtually on the history of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (ELCA) to teachers and high school students across the country. NTIR staff prepared a 25-minute video that provided the audience with an introduction to the world of national historic trails and took them along a virtual tour of sites along ELCA in New Mexico and Texas, including Martineztown Park and the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque, La Bajada in the Santa Fe area, La Jornada del Muerto in southern New Mexico, and San Elizario in the El Paso area. NTIR staff then participated in a live virtual discussion with the National History Academy, teachers, and students, who also watched the premier of the video on Facebook Live during the presentation.

La Bajada; credit NPS

By visiting these historic sites and places along ELCA, the public can experience and learn from a complicated legacy of 300 years of conflict, cooperation, and cultural exchange between a variety of empires—European and non-European alike.