Near Magdalena in Socorro County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Paraje de Fra Cristobal
The mountain range seen along the east bank of the Rio Grande is named after Father Cristobal de Salazar of the 1598 Juan de Onate expedition. The northern edge of the twenty-one mile range is said to resemble the profile of the good friar. This paraje, or encampment, was a place of rest for caravans on the Camino Real as they entered or exited the Jornada del Muerto.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1598.
Location. 33° 37.351′ N, 107° 8.325′ W. Marker is near Magdalena, New Mexico, in Socorro County. Marker can be reached from CanAm Highway (Interstate 25 at milepost 113) south of State Road 107, on the right when traveling south. The marker is southbound rest area on Interstate 25 at Mile 113. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Magdalena NM 87825, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Craig Rest Area (here, next to this marker); Espejo's ExpeditionParaje De Fra Cristobal (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Women of the Camino Real (about 600 feet away); Fort Craig (about 600 feet away); Vásquez de Coronado’s Route (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Craig (approx. 7.2 miles away); In Memory of Texas Mounted Volunteers (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Magdalena.
Also see . . .
1. "Geology of the Fra Cristobal, South-Central New Mexico", By Eric P. Nelson. New Mexico Geological Society PDF (Submitted on August 24, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Juan de Onate y Salazar – Spanish Conquistador. Legends of America Website entry (Submitted on March 22, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.