El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail extends 2,580 miles across Texas and into northwest Louisiana, while the historic trail extended all the way to Mexico City. There are museums, historic sites, missions, presidios, and original trail segments located along the length of the trail into Mexico. Here is a sampling:
The mission system is a window into the history of the trail. The mission system strengthened Spain's ability to hold and settle the new lands in the Americas. Priests and soldiers were sent to pave the way. Missions were both the city of God and the city of men. Visit Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía, Mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga, Acequia Madre Mission de Valero, and Presidio de Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza de los Adaes.
Keeping history alive! Immerse yourself in the region's history, culture, industry, and populations: Villa Antigua Border Heritage Museum, Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, Stone Fort Museum, and Durst-Taylor House.
These parks offer mission ruins, key trail crossings, and original trail routes: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Bastrop State Park, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site.
Trail Segments and Springs
Imagine walking in the footsteps of explorers, missionaries, and soldiers; discover the landscapes; imagine their hardships: Mission Tejas State Park, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Comal Springs, and Lobanillo Swales.
Go to A Photographic Journey of the Trail to find more places to visit along the trail. The journey travels from Mexico, across Texas, to northwestern Louisiana and includes a map.
More Trip Planning!
Basic Information - Operating Hours &Seasons, Fees & Reservations, America the Beautiful Passes, Weather
Directions & Transportation - Getting to El Camino Real by plane and car
Maps - Offering a variety of trail maps
Places To Go - An interactive map with trail sites and a list of sites by state
Road Signs - Helping you find your way along the trail
Passport to Your National Parks - Find out where to get your Passport book stamped
Trail Brochures - Read / print / order trail brochures
Multimedia - Access a photographic journey of the trail, exhibits, and a photo gallery
Safety - There are many manageable hazards for you to consider
Accessibility - Find out the many ways to experience the trail through accessibility
Travel & Tourism
There is no formally established auto tour route for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. However, local travel guides can provide information about historic sites and museums located along the historic trail. Consider contacting chambers of commerce and visitors bureaus in communities along the trail to learn more about local attractions and activities.
Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitlaredo.com
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau www.sanantoniocvb.com
Cuero Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture www.cuero.org
East Texas Tourism Association www.easttexasguide.com
Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitnacogdoches.org
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce www.sanaugustinetx.com
Sabine Parish Tourist Commission www.toledobendlakecountry.com
Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau www.historicnatchitoches.com
Last updated: June 6, 2019