El Caminor Real de Tierra Adentro National Trail Association

Spring Symposium, April 2020, in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recognizing the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Trail’s Historic Designation

Conference Details and Calls for Proposals Forthcoming

El Paso Preservation Forum: Restoring Duranguito

December 17, 2018

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, CARTA President, Troy Ainsworth, Ph.D served on a panel to help save the Historic Duranguito Neighborhood in El Paso. CARTA Vice-President, Shelley Sutherland, and CARTA Board of Directors member, Mark Howe, were also in attendance. Full the full story, click on the link to the El Paso Times article below!


September 11, 2018

Online registration is open!

Dear Friends and CARTA Members:

Online registration is now open for the History and Heritage of the Pass of the North Conference and the CARTA Annual General Meeting to be held in El Paso on September 29, 2018! Please click on the link below to register. You will also find a link below to the complete schedule of events. See you in El Paso!

Online Registration

Schedule of Events


Christina Ainsworth, CARTA Secretary

Save the Date!

August 30, 2018

Dear Friends and CARTA Members:

We are happy to announce the History and Heritage of the Pass of the North Conference and the CARTA Annual General Meeting to be held in El Paso on September 29, 2018. Please click on the flyer below for details. Online registration will open next week.

CARTA Save the Date Flyer


Christina Ainsworth, CARTA Secretary

Update from the President

March 10, 2017

Dear Friends and CARTA Members:

On Friday, February 24, the Board of Directors met via conference call to conduct business, and one of the tasks was to address a vacancy to fill. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey P. Shepherd, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at El Paso, has been recruited to serve through the Annual General Meeting in October 2017. After being conferred a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from Arizona State University in 2002, he began teaching in the Department of History at UTEP. Among his classes, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in borderlands history, the American West, and Native American history. He holds memberships in various professional organizations, including the Western History Association, American Historical Association, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. We welcome Dr. Shepherd and the insights he brings!

Beginning tomorrow, a four-part speakers’ series will be held at the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Boulevard SW) in the south valley of Albuquerque, and several CARTA members will present. On April 8, Dr. Hilario Romero’s presentation on “The Route” will provide a historical perspective on the traces of the Camino Real along its entire length. On September 9, William Henry Mee and Julianne Burton-Carvajal will present, respectively, on “Putting a Human Face on the Ruts of the Trail” and “El Camino Real through the Eyes of Pobladora Josefa Bustos, Ages 9-89.” Tomorrow morning, Dr. Troy Ainsworth will provide a few remarks on the “Historical Origins, Changing Uses, and the Ongoing Significance of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.” The lectures are open to the public, but attendees are asked to register by phone at 505-314-0398 or at

As the speakers’ series is presented by Bernalillo County Open Space, the Hubbell House Alliance, the Camino Real Historic Trail Site, and CARTA, we are appreciative that our trail association is collaborating with like entities to promote the rich cultural history of the Royal Road to the Interior Lands!

My thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm,

David Reynolds
CARTA President

Upcoming Events

MARCH, EVERY SATURDAY, 12 noon. Admission fee. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

MARCH, EVERY SUNDAY, 9 am – 1 pm. Northern New Mexico Music in Spanish & English presented by the Robb Musical Trust. Albuquerque Museum in Old Town.

MARCH  11, 10 – 11:30 am, free. Historical Origins, Changing Uses, and the Ongoing Significance of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro by Troy Ainsworth, PhD. Gutiérrez- Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM. For more information call 505-244-0507. Flyer

MARCH 11, 18, 25, 1 – 2 pm, admission fee. Tour the Art Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

MARCH 15 -19, Oregon-California Trails Association, Southern Trails Chapter (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Southern California, Texas) Symposium, El Paso, Texas For more information visit their page

MARCH 17, 5:30 pm, Arboreal Archaeology: Cambium-Peeled Trees in the Zuni Mountains, New Mexico by Ronald H. Towner, Ph.D., El Paso Museum of Archaeology 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas. For more information call (915)755-4332 or

MARCH 17, 7 pm, Apertura de la exposiciόn. Carla Rippey – Resguardo y Resistencia: Exposiciόn retrospectivia 1976-2016. Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez

MARCH 25, all day, Salinas National Monument Tour. Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. For more information call 505-352-7720.

MARCH  26, 1 – 2:30 pm, free. Medicinal Plants and Changing Landscapes of Central New Mexico by Dara Saville. Gutiérrez- Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM. For more information call 505-244-0507.

APRIL 1, 10 am – 4 pm, free. The 11th Annual Poppies Fest. El Paso Museum of Archaeology 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas. For more information call (915)755-4332 or

APRIL 2, 10 am – 5 pm, ART along the Rio Grande. Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and Hubbell House Alliance. 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM. Volunteers needed. For more information call Aryn LaBrake at 505-750-3383.

APRIL 8 – 9, Spaceport America Relay Race. In collaboration with relay racing specialists MH Enterprises LLC, the Spaceport America Crew will host and support a two-day, 200 miles, relay race event along El Camino Real. Registration is now open. Teams can register for $1200 ($100 per team mate).

APRIL 8, 10 – 11:30 am, The Route presented by Hilario Romero. Gutiérrez- Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM. For more information call 505-244-0507. Flyer

APRIL 20 – 22, New Mexico-Arizona History Convention, Little America Hotel, Flagstaff, AZ. For more information or to register online please visit

APRIL 22, 5 pm, free. Annual Socorro County Historical Society Meeting Presentation: Daughters of the Camino Real: The Women Who Traveled the Royal Road and Survived the Jornada del Muerto by Sherry Fletcher and Cindy Carpenter of the Sierra County Historical Society. Meeting at the Cottonwood Charter School.

MAY 18, 7 pm. Into Lands Totally Unknown: Spanish Military Campaigns into Central New Mexico, 1750-1800 by Mark Santiago, Director of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum sponsored by the Dona Ana Historical Society 3011 Buena Vida Cir., Las Cruces, NM.

SEPTEMBER 9, 10 – 12 pm, Putting a Human Face on the Ruts of the Trail presented by William Henry Mee. El Camino Real through the Eyes of Poladora Josefa Bustos presented by Julianne Burton-Carvajal. Gutiérrez- Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM. For more information call 505-244-0507. Flyer

OCTOBER 14, 10 – 11:30 am, Demo and talk on Aparejo (Mule) Packing System presented by Mr. and Mrs. Rundstrom. Gutiérrez- Hubbell House 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM. For more information call 505-244-0507. Flyer

Update From the President February 2017

February 3, 2017

Dear Friends and Members of CARTA:

On Friday, February 24, the Board of Directors will meet via conference call to conduct its business and plan for the continuance of on-going efforts to strengthen our trail association. In preparation for the upcoming Board of Directors meeting, one of the reports being compiled is a list of accomplishments since the Annual General Meeting, and I am pleased to announce that many members have been active in the name of our organization. Cynthia Shetter recently completed the electronic newsletter, the Personnel Committee has been crafting job descriptions for adoption, George Cordova has been devising strategies for CARTA to promote the heritage of Spanish Colonial churches, students at Central New Mexico College continue their class project to add new features to the CARTA webpage, and other additional efforts are underway. On an organizational level, the top priority remains to strengthen our efficiency.

I am especially pleased to report that as of February 1, our trail association membership numbered one hundred sixty-one members in good standing, and over the past several months we’ve welcomed about eighteen new members!

On Tuesday, February 7, Ms. Lena Anaïs Guidi will speak on “The Hispanic Legacy of Route 66 in the American Southwest” from Noon to 1:00 PM in the Frank Waters Room (#105) in the Zimmerman Library on the University of New Mexico campus, and the public is invited to attend this free event. From the University Library’s webpage:

Lena Anaïs Guidi is an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico with a double major in American Studies and history. Her background includes work in local student journalism, including the Daily Lobo and New Mexico News Port. She is part of the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP), a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and Environment for the Americas that provides the opportunity for students to work firsthand with the NPS in conservation and stewardship of America’s cultural resources. Starting in June 2015, she has worked on a research project concerning Hispanic heritage along Route 66 in the Greater Southwest with the NPS National Trails Intermountain Region. Her focus within American Studies is science and technology studies, with research interests that include comparative colonialism in North America, nuclear technology in the Southwest, and the history of science in the Cold War period.

Kaisa Barthuli is Program Manager of the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Through a program of grants and technical assistance, she works with individuals, nonprofit organizations, communities, and government agencies to preserve and revitalize the special places and stories associated with historic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica.

Enjoy your weekend, and thank you for your continued support of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association!


David Reynolds

CARTA President

CARTA Quarterly Board Meeting

The quarterly board meeting will be held via conference call on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:30 am to 11:30am. The meeting is open to all CARTA members and the public. Dial 712-770-4010 and enter code 224594#.

Update from the CARTA President October 2016.

October 27, 2016
Dear Members and Friends of CARTA:

On Saturday, October 15, the trail association held its Annual General Meeting at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Visitors’ Center near La Joya, New Mexico. Attendance numbered approximately thirty members of the trail association and several guests. The primary business items addressed included seating the newly-elected Officers and Directors and identifying steps to sustain and build the organization through volunteer efforts among our members. Much discussion centered on committee work, while encouraging members to become involved by volunteering to serve on a committee.

Perhaps the highlight of the day occurred when Dr. John P. Bloom of Las Cruces donated a check in the amount of $1,000.00 in his and his wife’s name, Dr. Jo Tice Bloom, to support the continued publication of Chronicles of the Trail. Speaking on their behalf, Dr. Bloom expressed their wish to ensure funds are available to publish the journal, and to that end the Blooms graciously donated a sizeable amount to assist in this important outreach endeavor. On behalf of a grateful membership, our thanks and appreciation to Drs. Bloom for their generosity!

Appreciation was also expressed to outgoing Directors Dr. Jere Krakow, Lolly Martin, and Vernon Lujan for their service during the past four years. Prior to the Annual General Meeting, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid and Dr. Joseph Sánchez resigned their positions on the Board of Directors, an action that was accepted and recorded in the minutes. New Directors include Christina Ainsworth, Los Lunas; Mark Howe, El Paso; George Cordova, Albuquerque; and Dr. Paul Deason, Las Cruces, while Dr. Troy Ainsworth was elected Vice-President.

Presently, two vacancies exist on the Board of Directors, which will soon need to be filled. If you are interested in serving or have any questions, please contact either David Reynolds at or Troy Ainsworth at Also, please contact the latter if you are specifically interested in volunteering to serve on the Governance Committee to help revise and improve our bylaws. Three additional members are needed to serve on this committee, and your help is greatly valued and appreciated! In the meantime, enjoy the week and thank you for your support of CARTA!


David Reynolds

CARTA Interim President

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