El Camino Real Challenge

Alto, Texas

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This route was once El Camino Real, the "Royal Road" traveled by Spanish missionaries and explorers throughout their "new world" from Florida to Mexico. Indians native to east Texas also used the same pathways. A bike ride along these oldest of Texas roads passes some fascinating remains of the early Spanish and Indian Inhabitants. Texas 21 leaving Alto is lined with historical markers and plaques denoting points of interest along the route of El Camino Real. Archeological excavations and preserved burial mounds tell stories of the great Indian cultures that inhabited this area. Terrain: gently rolling terrain, some flat stretches. Road: all roads are two lanes, no shoulder. Traffic on Texas 21 and Texas 294 is higher speed.
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by Andy White (The Globe Pequot Press)

This route was once El Camino Real, the "Royal Road" traveled by Spanish missionaries and explorers throughout their "new world" from Florida to Mexico. Indians native to east Texas also used the same pathways. A bike ride along these oldest of Texas roads passes some fascinating remains of the early Spanish and Indian Inhabitants.

Texas 21 leaving Alto is lined with historical markers and plaques denoting points of interest along the route of El Camino Real. Archeological excavations and preserved burial mounds tell stories of the great Indian cultures that inhabited this area. Terrain: gently rolling terrain, some flat stretches. Road: all roads are two lanes, no shoulder. Traffic on Texas 21 and Texas 294 is higher speed.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Alto
Distance: 40.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to El Camino Real Challenge

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May 2018