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

Quebradas Back Country Byway

Name: Quebradas Back Country Byway
Ratings:
5/5 Fitness 1/5 Skill 2/5 Route
This ride is quite long, with some good hills along the way.
Length: 55.0 miles, 6.0 hours
Elevation: 4600 ft min, 5700 ft max
Take plenty of water. You'll need it.
Start: Socorro Plaza
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This is a long but enjoyable ride through some very interesting and beautiful desert country. The road is a wide one-lane dirt road suitable for regular cars in good weather (because of the mud the road should be avoided during and soon after a rain). There are a few steep sections but most of the route has only a small gradient. Hazards include loose rocks on the road, dried ruts, and the one or two cars you will see all day. Take sunscreen, a snack, and plenty of water. There is no shelter or shade along most of this route.

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

From the Plaza head north on Bernard Road; turn right at San Miguel Church onto Otero Ave.; continue east across California Street (through the light). Go under the Interstate, past the sewage treatment plant, cross the RR tracks, and turn left (north) onto Chaparral.

3.6 DIRT

Climb up onto the flood-control ditch bank, and cross it on the bridge. Take a brief jog to the right onto the dirt road and immediately head north (fields to your left and irrigation ditch to your right)

5.1 PAVED

Turn right (east) onto the narrow paved road. Catch a glimpse of Escondida Lake, on your left.

5.3 PAVED

Cross the Rio Grande on a bridge (civilized!); during mid-summer the river is sometimes a bed of dry sand. Continue east on pavement to the T intersection, where you turn right (south); the paved road takes a little jog to the left and becomes dirt.

6.7 DIRT

Turn left (east); the Quebradas Road is marked by a sign saying "Back Country Byway." The road may be washboard here, but it will smooth out in a mile or so.

17.9 DIRT

Junction; follow the Back Country Byway sign and go left (east).

26.2. DIRT

This pass is the highest point on the ride.

33.7 PAVED

Turn right (west) onto US Highway 380. It's mostly downhill from here to the town of San Antonio, birthplace of Conrad Hilton.

44.3 PAVED

The flashing traffic light marks the center of metropolitan San Antonio. Stop in town for a world-famous green-chile cheeseburger (closed on Sundays) or for homemade fudge. You can head north on the pavement at the traffic light on State Highway 1, which will cross over the Interstate at Louis Lopez and continue north to Socorro, or you can follow one of the ditch-bank roads (see SAN ANTONIO ride, half on pavement, half on dirt).

55.0 PAVED

You're back at the Socorro Plaza

Maps

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