El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail - LA




Hear about El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail with Arlene Gould – Executive Director of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Steven Fullen – from Cane River National Heritage Area and El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, on Big Blend Radio.


Established in 2004 as a National Historic Trail, the El Camino Real de Los Tejas was a “royal road” that spanned approximately 2500 miles from Mission San Juan Bautista Guerrero, Mexico to Fort St. Jean Baptiste (pictured) in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Translating to “The Royal Road of the Tejas” (Indians), as for hundreds of years it was one of the many trail routes used by Native Americans for trading, the El Camino Real de los Tejas was first followed and marked by Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 1700s. Today you can drive this historic trail from Laredo, Texas to Natchitoches, Louisiana, that will take you to over 30 historic sites and lead you through over 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development.

For maps and more information, visit www.NPS.gov/elte.

Photos courtesy: Christopher Talbot, Stephen F. Austin State University; Rebecca Blankenbaker Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (Los Adaes photo); and NPS (Fort St. Jean Baptiste photo).

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