14 February 2012

The Royal Road

A few weekends back I decided to trek the Royal Road, or as we call it in New Mexico the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

The Camino Real was the 1,600 mile trade route/road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, NM that the Conquistadors traveled on, originally used by native tribes.

Unfortunately, the visitor center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays...didn't occur to me to check the website...just 'assumed' it would be open on a Monday. D'oh!!!

What I was able to see was the Camino Real Monument sculpture just east of the Fort Craig rest area along Interstate 25, south of Albuquerque. It stands alone as a sentinel in the desert on the way to the visitors center.

Along the Camino Real you will also come across the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. A marsh in the middle of the New Mexico desert, go figure. This place was really cool. I bet it looks awesome in the fall. I came across the 'mountain lion' sign and decided not to go off on my own.

Further south between Deming New Mexico and Silver City, NM is a town called Bayard, NM, home to Fort Bayard and the Buffalo Soldiers. This place was soooo cool and is in danger of becoming forgotten unless money can be raised by volunteers to preserve it. Many of the forts buildings are standing but are showing wear and tear.

I'm out.

1 comment:

K-Mo said...

Another beautiful journey.

There's another fort, Fort Huachuca, near Sierra Vista, Arizona, which also housed some of the Buffalo soldiers, and where there's a museum dedicated to their work. I can see similarities in the buildings between the two and I suspect they're of similar vintage. I believe the AZ fort is the one where the soldiers who finally captured Geronimo and Cochise were based.