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

San Antonio on Ditch Roads

Name: San Antonio on Ditch Roads
3/5 Fitness 1/5 Skill 2/5 Route
Length: 25.0 miles, 3.0 hours
Longer if you stop in San Antonio for lunch.
Elevation: 4600 ft avg
Start: Socorro Plaza
Updated: Way back in 1993.

Ride to San Antonio and back by way of irrigation ditch-bank roads. The route south goes through farm and ranch country, and the return leg follows the Bosque Drainage Canal and an irrigation ditch. Old State Route 1 or the Farm-to-Market Road may also be used to return to Socorro. There are several places in San Antonio to eat (the famous Owl Bar is closed on Sundays) or snack. The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge is 10 miles south of San Antonio.


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


Plaza. Take Bernard Road north toward San Miguel Mission, where you turn right onto Otero Street. Continue east on Otero, across California Street, under the Freeway, over the RR tracks, and continue straight as Otero becomes a dirt road.

1.1 DIRT

Turn right on the west side of the first main irrigation ditch at the edge of the fields. Listen for peacocks calling from a nearby roof.

3.1 DIRT

Go left over the ditch to the treeline and continue south.

5.4 DIRT

Zig to the right, over the ditch, continue south over the wooden bridge, and zag left to the west side of the ditch. Continue south.

6.1 DIRT

Bear right at the "Y"

6.4 DIRT

Cross the paved road, and take the road on the east ditch bank.

8.3 DIRT

Continue south at the "Y'.


Turn left on the paved road (Sam's Place).

9.1 DIRT

Turn right and take the east side of the ditch heading south.

11.7 DIRT

Take a right on the paved road that leads to US 380.

12.2 PAVED

Turn right onto US 380; head west to the center of San Antonio.

RETURN TO SOCORRO (Reset your odometer)


From the Owl Bar and Cafe head east on US Highway 380.

0.6 DIRT

Turn left onto the east side of the second ditch, next to the power pole. After 1/4 mile, get on top of the levy, and continue north.

7.0 DIRT

Head west past the bridge (don't cross over it), jog left then immediately right, toward the mountains, and continue west over the RR tracks.

7.8 DIRT

Turn right on the west side of the ditch, next to the bluffs, and continue north. Note: There is a Piro Indian ruin on the hill to the NW (see PIRO ride).

9.4 DIRT

Go up and over two levies, north through the gate (at mile 95). Close it after you.

9.6 DIRT

At the "T" intersection, go left on the dirt road, then the next right on Cuba Road (mile 9.7), which you can follow back to California Street and to...

11.9 PAVED

The Plaza.



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