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

Two Loops East of Socorro

Name: Two Loops East of Socorro
1/5 Fitness 1/5 Skill 2/5 Route
Length: 5.3 miles
Long loop option is 7.7 miles long; less than 2 miles is on pavement.
Elevation: 4600 ft avg
A very slight west-east elevation change.
Start: Socorro Plaza
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This easy, level ride along ditch banks in rural Socorro features great views. At the 2.9 mile-marker, you can decide whether to take the short loop and head back toward the Plaza (for a 5.3-mile ride), or to continue on the ditch road and take the longer version (7.7 miles total).


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 head north on Bernard Road; turn right at San Miguel Mission onto Otero Ave.; continue east across California Street, go under 1-25, past the sewage-treatment plant, across the RR tracks and keep going straight as the road turns to dirt.

0.8 DIRT

Continue east on the dirt road.

1.1 DIRT

Turn left (north) just before the irrigation ditch. You may hear peacocks calling nearby at this point. If you go too far (another 50 yards) you will come to the much larger "low-flow channel."

SHORT LOOP (Skip to LONG LOOP if you want a longer ride):

2.7 DIRT

Junction of an irrigation ditch and a road to your left. For the shorter loop, turn left (west) and follow along the ditch. The dogs along this ditch road can be intimidating, but don't seem to be harmful.


Turn right onto the road that becomes paved in about 0.1 mile; this is the road you left town on. Cross the RR tracks, go under the freeway, and cross California Street, heading west.


At San Miguel Mission head south back to the Plaza.


Back at the Plaza.


2.7 DIRT

Junction of irrigation ditch and a road to your left. Continue north without turning here.

4.0 DIRT

Flood control canal. Turn left (west) up on the high bank; cross the RR tracks.

4.2 DIRT

Turn left (south) and follow the ditch on its left bank.

4.9 DIRT

Turn left on the side ditch and follow its left bank.

6.7 DIRT

"T" intersection. Turn right, then go south on the frontage road.


Turn right, go under 1-25, cross California Street.


San Miguel Mission; turn south toward the Plaza.


The Plaza. You've completed the Long Loop.



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