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

Piro Indian Ruins

Name: Piro Indian Ruins
Ratings:
1/5 Fitness 1/5 Skill 2/5 Route
Length: 10.5 miles, 1.0 hours
Allow additional time to visit the ruins.
Elevation: 4000 ft avg
There may be brief stretches of sand.
Start: Socorro Plaza
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This easy ride features a visit to an unexcavated site of a Piro Indian Pueblo on top of a bluff overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, where it was safe from floodwaters. If you find pottery shards on the ground, you may pick them up to look (use your water bottle to rinse off the dust), but please don't remove them from the site. Leave all artifacts where you find them.

Location

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

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0.0 PAVED

Starting at the Plaza, go east on Manzanares and turn right onto California Street at the traffic light. Turn left onto Meek Street just past the RR tracks. Meek becomes Cuba Road as it goes under the Interstate.

0.8 PAVED

Just before you go under the Interstate on Cuba Road you will see the stone remains of an old kiln, left from Socorro's mining days. Stay on the pavement (such as it is!) and follow Cuba Road as it eventually turns to dirt and meanders along the base of the bluffs.

1.9 DIRT

Cuba road ends in a T intersection, where you turn left. In 50 yards (don't go over the RR track) turn right onto a dirt road that enters private land. Cross the cattle guard, and close the gate (even if you found it open). Head south with the ditch on your left.

4.0 DIRT

At the junction turn to the right (west); don't follow the main road, but do follow the small track that goes northwest up the bank to the BLM sign. The passage in the fence marks the entrance to the ruins. Park your bike and walk northward, keeping your eyes to the ground for remnants of stone pueblo walls and pot shards. Please do not disturb the ruins. It's okay to look, but it's illegal to remove anything you may find.

4.3 DIRT

From the ruins retrace your path back to the road at the base of the mesa. At the junction, you head east (don't go back north on the road you came on).

4.9 DIRT

Multiple junction of roads and ditches; go left (north) over the old wooden bridge and take the highest, biggest road north. Cottonwoods and the bosque are on your right.

7.4 DIRT

Junction (pile of big cement pipes suitable for being climbed upon); head northwest along the ditch, directly toward M-Mountain.

8.4 PAVED

Junction; head right (north) on gravel that soon becomes paved.

9.6 PAVED

Junction, head left (west) into Socorro on Otero Street, over the RR tracks and across California Street at the traffic light.

10.2 PAVED

At San Miguel Mission turn south and head for the Plaza.

10.5 PAVED

You have returned to the Plaza.

Maps

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