News and Notes
Registration is open for the 2013 Symposium
The Camino Real Trail Association is sponsoring an international symposium, “Los Caminos Reales de América,” in El Paso, Texas. For registration information, hotel reservations, and the schedule of events, visit our Symposium Page to get all the details.
The symposium will begin on Thursday, September 26 with a reception and an opening keynote address provided by Dr. John Kessell, Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico. On Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, scholars will present on wide-ranging topics on various aspects of the histories of Royal Roads in Spain’s New World Empire; all speakers’ sessions will be held on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso and at the Hilton Garden Inn University. A post-conference tour of Camino Real-related historic sites in the El Paso area will be offered on Sunday, September 29.
Fall 2013 CARTA-Sponsored Hikes
Saturday, September 14
Enjoy the scenic vistas of northern New Mexico from La Bajada! Michael Romero Taylor of the National Park Service will serve as pathfinder and chronicler of the rich history of La Bajada from the era prior to the arrival of Spaniards in 1598 through the advent of the America’s coast-to-coast highway system. Space will be limited to fifteen participants for this three-hour-long hike to the south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you are interested, pleased notify Troy Ainsworth (email@example.com) by Tuesday, September 10 to reserve your spot. There is no cost associated with the hike, and participants will be able to park their vehicles at the Village of La Bajada.
Saturday, November 16
Petroglyphs, the Jornada del Muerto, and the Río Grande! All three are included in the hike to the summit of Tonuco Mountain in Doña Ana County north of Radium Springs. Rock art authority Margaret Berrier will conduct an on-site discussion at one of the richest petroglyph collections in southern New Mexico, and participants are encouraged to engage in this lively discussion about the possible meanings associated with these ancient markings. Afterwards, the hike will continue to the summit of Tonuco, where broad vistas of the river and the stretch of the Camino Real as it leads away from the Río Grande are visible. The hike will be limited to fifteen participants, so if you are interested please contact Troy Ainsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, November 12 to reserve your spot.