Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate

Arrival of Don Juan de Oñate at Paso del Norte, April 30, 1598, by José Cisneros. Image used by permission of artist.

In 1598, Juan de Oñate led the last great expedition from Mexico to establish a kingdom north of the Río Grande. Although de Oñate’s attempt to create a new Mexico failed, his expedition led directly to the establishment of roads, cities, and industries that are woven into the texture of the American Southwest.


Capturing scenes and sights along the Camino Real from its starting point in Central Mexico to its destination near Taos, New Mexico, Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate includes forty photographs of the Oñate Trail as we see it today, an outline map of the road, and overview text. Panel topics include:

  • Mountains, towns, streams, and men, women, and children in southern Chihuahua
  • Desert lakes, dunes, sunrise, and fog nearing Juarez
  • Pass of the North, Mount Cristo Rey, and Mesilla Valley near El Paso
  • Elephant Butte Reservoir, view of Albuquerque, and San Juan de los Caballeros
  • Río Grande in the Rockies, Santa Fe Fiesta, Church at Acoma, and Inscription at El Morro

Camino al Norte is an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

LanguageEnglish, Spanish
Content4 double-sided panels (38” x 26”)
5 support legs (68” tall)
Space Requirements96 square feet of floor space ( 8’ x 12’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 plastic cases:
  • 41” x 30” x 9” - 60 lbs.
  • 74” x 10” x 8” - 26 lbs.
Rental Fee*$200
Rental Period4 weeks

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Camino al Norte press release.

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On Display

Don Juan de Oñate. Image used by permission of artist, José Cisneros.