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
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Deep Well is a contemporary name. It was a ranch line camp built by the Diamond A Ranch of the Victorio Land & Cattle
Co. in the 1880s. During the 1930s "dust bowl" years, the shallow well ran dry. A new well was drilled by the
CCC to fill nearby cattle tanks through a network of pipelines. The well is 600 feet deep and thus it's
Red Lake is a large playa that holds water following rains. It was a source of water on the trail during the monsoon months
(July–October), though caravan travel along the trail during these months was not common due to the summer heat and muddy trails from
the monsoon rains.
The trail remains visible on the west side of Red Lake.
Many Armendaris Ranch wells and tanks are located along El Camino Real, suggesting the trail was used in the early days
of the Diamond A Ranch for locating and accessing ranch facilities.
Deep Well is also the location of Ted Turner's award winning
ranch house, briefly occupied by Jane Fonda.
Website courtesy of the Socorro County Historical Society (SCHS), P.O. Box 921, Socorro, New Mexico 87801 [SCHS home page
NOTE: The trail in this area is part of the Armendaris Ranch for which no public
access is allowed without ranch permission. Trespassers are prosecuted.
Lava Camp is a line camp built by the Diamond A Ranch in the 1890s and located on El Camino Real trail. Ranch hands
lived here when cattle grazed in the area or being moved to the corrals at Lava Station to be shipped by the railroad. The ranch
house is still used by the Armendaris Ranch for housing ranch hands or visiting researchers.
Lava Gate was a trail landmark where the trail passed through a gap between a lava flow and the Fra Cristobal mountains
to the west, though not a narrow passage as the name might imply. The trail remained very distinctive through the gate until
about 2012, when wild vegetation began claiming the trail. This landmark segment is an example of the disappearing trail.
The Camino Real Mapping Project
on these web pages
is the exclusive work of the
members of the Socorro County
Historical Society and other
volunteers dedicated to
documenting, mapping, presenting,
and preserving the historic trail.
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Aerial photos with DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter camera
TUSAS SPRINGS ROUTE TO PARAJE
MAIN TRAIL TO PARAJE