2nd Annual
Tour of Socorro
April 19-20, 2008
Socorro, NM, USA
Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

Box Canyon

Description

Box Canyon is a small, BLM-managed public recreation area located conveniently at the north end of the Chupadera Mountains. Box Canyon is a year-round favorite with rock climbers due to its abundance of hard, stable, red-tinted rock. Off-roaders frequent the area because of its abundance of old mining roads, and access to unique geological formations such as Nogal Canyon (Walnut Creek). And mountain bikers can access many wonderful trails, including the epic Chupadera Race courses.

Map

Directions

Take I-25 to exit 147, marked Socorro, Magdalena; the offramp becomes California Street. At the first traffic signal, turn left (west) onto US 60, also marked as Spring Street. The next traffic control will be an odd four-way stop; note your mileage, and again turn left (south west) with US 60. Follow US 60 out of town (watch your speed!); at 6.8 miles from the four-way stop the road crosses a bridge over a red-rock canyon. Immediately after this bridge, just barely visible past a bluff on the left, is the road into Box Canyon. Turn left (east) onto this road. The second left will take you to a gravel parking area, with a permanent outhouse.