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

Cerrillos del Coyote

Name: Cerrillos del Coyote
Ratings:
3/5 Fitness 3/5 Skill 2/5 Route
Length: 12.2 miles, 2.0 hours
Start: Escondida Bridge
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This ride features great views and beautiful country east of the Rio Grande. In hot weather, go early in the morning or in the evening. Take sunscreen, a snack, and plenty of water.

Location

Escondida Bridge

Take I-25 exit 152, marked Escondida. The exit ramps dump you out onto NM 408; turn east (toward the valley floor). After about a 1/4 mile the road will make a sharp turn to the north, and start paralleling an irrigation ditch; continue for 1.4 miles to the intersection with Pueblito Road. Turn right onto Pueblito Road. After 1/2 mile you will encounter the mighty Escondida Bridge over the Rio Grande (don't blink!). Park in the dirt lot on the southeast side of the bridge.

To get there by bike from Socorro, see the trail Socorro to Escondida Bridge.

Mileage Log

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0.0 PAVED

(If you biked to the Bridge. reset your odometer or adjust the following mileages.) From Escondida Bridge across the Rio Grande, head east.

0.4 DIRT

At the "I" intersection, turn left (north) onto the dirt road.

0.6 DIRT

Turn right just past the cattle guard on the north side of the property and house, onto a small track.

1.2 DIRT

Gate. Close it after you.

2.6 DIRT

Another gate. Close it also.

3.8 DIRT

The view from the hilltop is great. To the east are the Coyote Hills, where you will soon be.

4.2 DIRT

Gate. Continue east and south into and across a mine area. After the mine, follow the track west and down across the arroyo and up the other side.

6.7 DIRT

The road gets better now.

7.2 DIRT

Join the Quebradas Road and go right (west) and downhill.

10.8 DIRT

At the junction, turn right (north).

11.7 PAVED

Pavement; stay on it, and head back toward the river.

12.2 PAVED

Escondida Bridge.

Maps

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Map courtesy of Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, 2nd Edition (ISBN #0-88307-712-4).