El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
Sponsored by Socorro County Historical Society
Maps, photos, and aerial photography of the trail
Primarily in Sierra & Socorro counties
Website courtesy of the Socorro County Historical Society (SCHS), P.O. Box 921, Socorro, New Mexico 87801 [SCHS home page
The Camino Real Mapping Project
on these web pages
is the exclusive work of the
SOCORRO DESERT RATTS,
members of the
Historical Society and other
volunteers dedicated to
documenting, mapping, presenting,
and preserving the historic
The Socorro Desert Ratts exploring and mapping a segment of El Camino Real trail north of Socorro near the Alamillo arroyo
An informal group of trail enthusiasts in the Socorro, NM area
dedicated to documenting and preserving the historic trail,
trail related sites, and other historic or cultural sites of interest
(l–r) Tom Harper, Paul Harden, Dr. Peggy Hardman, Dr. David Love
and Craig H.
and a couple of others not shown
1. Must have absolutely nothing else to do on select
a 4WD for crossing the river, driving up arroyos,
and works real good in deep sand, occasional mud.
Willing to spend 6 hours or more out on the Jornada
del Muerto on a 100+ degree day.
4. Must have a truly
strange sense of humor and
tolerance for bantering and other forms of abuse.
5. Must not be allergic
to copious amounts of trail dust,
or stinky gramma grass or creosote bushes.
6. Get really excited
finding a straight stretch of dirt
out in the middle of nowhere.
7. Ability to recognize wagon swales
from 2-track roads,
pipelines, arroyos, cattle trails and wallows.
8. Have a true appreciation
for the historic El Camino
Real trail and the thousands of colonists that traveled
the very ground you are.
The Socorro Desert Ratt gang