The Last Hurdle: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

At the end of an arduous 6 month, 1600 mile trek northward to Spain’s new colonial capital of Santa Fe, Spanish colonists faced one last hurdle — the La Bajada Mesa. Noted archeologist Michael Marshall walks us through the trail as it travels up the mesa. Historian Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez shares his thoughts on the significance of the Camino Real.


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