National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) partnered with the Pueblo of Pojoaque in New Mexico to tell stories of pueblo life before 1598 (precontact), after 80 years of Spanish influence (contact), during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680, and pueblo culture today on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail. This is the first time that a pueblo culture in New Mexico has worked with NTIR to develop outdoor exhibits (3), which are located at the Poeh Museum, 16 miles north of Santa Fe.
The Pueblo of Pojoaque was one of 19 pueblos in New Mexico impacted by Spaniards who traveled north along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Royal Road of the Interior Lands) starting in 1598. You can read the exhibits at www.nps.gov/elca/historyculture/exhibits.htm
This historic trail weaves through communities as well as wildlands. There are many stops along the way from Mexico City, Mexico, into the United States south of El Paso, Texas to Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo), north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Over time colonizers brought iron, silver, chiles, silks, domestic animals, seeds, and other products from Mexico City; items still used today across America. Congress designated El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in Texas and New Mexico as a national historic trail in 2000 as part of the National Trails System. The trail is coadministered by the Natoinal Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.