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El Camino Real Historic Trail Site

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Address: 300 E County Road 1598, Socorro, NM 87801
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+1 505-854-3600
08:30 - 17:00
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Learn about the El Camino Real trail that goes from Santa Fe to Mexico that was well traveled by Spanish travelers

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Learn about the El Camino Real trail that goes from Santa Fe to Mexico that was well traveled by Spanish travelers

1 Thank mountains74
Jim Thorpe, PA
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70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Sadly, this wonderful museum is permanently closed according to the latest online newsletter. "Budget issues" was the only explanation. Artifacts that had been housed are being dispersed. This is such a sin! The museum was unique in every way. We visited at least twice yearly for the special events that were held.

1 Thank LMS39
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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99 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This museum/visitor center is extremely well done. It is architecturally beautiful with stunning views of the desert panorama. The displays are high quality and give the patient visitor a good feeling for this history of New Mexico.

Thank JoDoShep
Florence, Arizona
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91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Who knew? A 400 year old highway. This is historically significant to the western US. A lot of reading, no hiking or driving. Small entrance fee unless you fit one of the excluded categories. Stop if you are in the area. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

2 Thank KLTraveler128
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This is a very well designed and executed museum to tell the story of the El Camino Real. The architecture of the building really stands out, and the contents and displays are top notch. For those who love history about New Mexico and the confluence of Puebloan and Spanish people, this is a real treat. Great photographs and many historical... More 

1 Thank Richard C
Austin, Texas
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107 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

I thought I knew a great deal about the royal road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, but until I visited here I didn't realize parts of were originally routes used by the indigenous people. The displays are beautiful and designed to interest even folks who don't care for museums.

2 Thank LB-TX-2014
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Stopped in on a two day sightseeing trip in south central NM. It is located 5 miles off I25. Very nice facility. Designed by a well known New Mexico architectural firm. The site contains many exhibits about the Camino Real and it's importance to our SW heritage. As a lifelong NM resident, I found it very informative and interesting. So... More 

Thank AlbuquerqueRicardo
Rawson, Ohio
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We stumbled onto this site driving to Las Cruces from Albuquerque. It is an International Historic Site and a State Park. The ranger at the visitor's center was very helpful and informative. Inside the visitor's center was a short movie to watch and an interactive museum. Outside was an area that overlooked the trail where you could sit and take... More 

1 Thank JMA032
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Good museum telling the history and development of the area. I agree with other reviewers a few of the exhibits are dark and hard to read. Overall a good and interesting museum. I watched the video before touring the museum which was helpful. I learned a great deal and would recommended going to this museum. The gift shop is run... More 

Thank Chloe B
Cuchillo, New Mexico
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

If only there were better signage! This fantastic place is an international partnership. Tells of the Conquistadors' first Entrada into NM way before Plymouth Rock. Under appreciated by New Mexicans.

Thank Develas

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