El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
Where's The Trail?
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  3326.57N
10659.87'W
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  3323.24N
10654.92'W
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See this map for
Tusas Springs
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Lava Road. The trail winds through a portion of the Jornada Lava Field to Lava Station and Paraje Fra Cristobal. A ranch road is atop the trail in places with portions of the trail visible in others. Distance through the lava is about 2 miles.
Navy tracking station consists of rows of antennas once used to track satellites and space debris. The visible trail runs right through the tracking site.
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Tusas Lake is a sink hole fed by an underground water-filled gypsum dome (same water source as Tusas Springs), and thus has water at all times.  A segment of the trail from Tusas Springs to the small lake indicates it was used by travelers along the trail, most likely for watering and grazing the livestock.
Parallel threads
of the trail
Distances
14 mi. Tusas Springs to Paraje*

From Laguna del Muerto
26 mi. to Paraje* via main trail
29 mi. to Paraje* via Tusas Springs
 
* Paraje Fra Cristobal 
Tusas Springs to
Lava Station
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Buffalo on Ted Turner's
Armendaris Ranch
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Trail through the lava
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. 
TUSAS SPRINGS SEGMENTS
Deep Well to Tusas Springs
Tusas Springs to Lava Station (this page)
Lava Station to Paraje Fra Cristobal
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  3322.96N
10655.71'W
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Aerial photos with DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter camera