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

Bursum Springs

Name: Bursum Springs
3/5 Fitness 3/5 Skill 3/5 Route
Length: 25.6 miles, 3.0 hours
Elevation: 6400 ft min, 8600 ft max
Long up-hills and fast, steep down-hills.
Start: Socorro Plaza
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This ride to the east of Socorro uses the same approach as the Quebradas Back Country Byway ride, but follows portions of the historical predecessor to the Quebradas Road. It can be ridden as a shorter (6.2 mile) ride by beginning at mile 9.7. The loop returns to that point at mile 15.9. The route passes areas once used for mining and still used for ranching. The loop portion of the ride is on an unmaintained road and along arroyo bottoms where sand may represent a challenge in places. Topography is hilly with some short, steep climbs and descents. The ride does cross private land for which we have permission to enter. This permission may be revoked thereafter. Respect signs and locked gates.


Socorro Plaza

Take I-25 to exit 150, marked Socorro. At the traffic light, the offramp becomes California Street, the main strip in Socorro. Go straight on California Street until the fifth traffic light, marked Manzanares. Turn right onto Manzanares. You will see the plaza in front of you. The plaza is a one-way street, flowing counterclockwise. Park anywhere along the street, or in one of the side lots.

Mileage Log


From the Plaza, follow the directions for GUEBRADAS BACK COUNTRY BYWAY as far as Mile 6.7 (just over the bridge).

6.7 DIRT

"Y" intersection; turn left (east). The Quebradas Road is marked by a sign. The road may be washboard, but it will smooth out shortly.

9.7 DIRT

"Y" intersection; bear right, departing the main (Quebradas) road onto a less traveled road.

10.4 DIRT

Cattle pens and spring on left. This is on private property.

10.7 DIRT

Cable crosses road; end of private property.

10.8 DIRT

"Y" intersection; bear right.

10.9 DIRT

Y intersection; bear right again.

12.3 DIRT

Climb out of arroyo onto the road to the left.

12.7 DIRT

A small arroyo cuts the road here.

12.8 DIRT

The route rejoins the Quebradas Road; turn left.

15.9 DIRT

"Y" intersection; bear right. This is the point where the loop originally departed from the Quebradas Road.

18.9 DIRT

"Y" intersection; bear right (north). The road parallels the Rio Grande.

20.3 PAVED

Recross the Rio Grande Bridge.

20.5 DIRT

Turn south onto the dirt (not gravel) ditch-bank road; the irrigation ditch will be on your left. As the road nears the big flood-control ditch (in about 1.5 mi.), jog right then left at the top of the ditch-bank to cross the wooden bridge.

22.1 PAVED

Cross the bridge over the flood-control ditch, turn right (downhill) onto pavement heading west. The road shortly turns left (south). Proceed along the frontage road (past El Sombrero Restaurant) to the stop sign at Otero Street, where you turn right. Cross California Street at the light, turn left at San Miguel Church (Bernard Street). The Plaza is directly ahead.

25.6 PAVED

Socorro Plaza!



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