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

Shrine Loop

Name: Shrine Loop
Ratings:
3/5 Fitness 1/5 Skill 2/5 Route
Only one big hill, but somewhat long.
Length: 21.2 miles
Elevation: 4600 ft min, 5200 ft max
Start: Socorro Plaza
Updated: Way back in 1993.
The shrine. Copyright 2004 Mark Bottjer.

This long, easy ride gradually climbs west and south from Socorro to a point a few miles south of the Shrine. The dirt section is mostly downhill and fast: watch for bad sections and arroyo cuts.

The shrine was built by Mr. Nick Silva of Socorro, who was seriously ill at the time, as an act of faith to restore his health.. The first shrine, made of stone, stood where the bridge is today; it was torn down in 1951 when the present highway was built. Mr. Silva rebuilt his "little church" in 1952 at its present site on land owned and offered to him by Juan Sedillo.

The shrine has worked: Nick and Edith Silva are the grandparents to many Silvas, and are still residing in Socorro.

Where's my inhaler? Copyright 2004 Mark Bottjer. And down... Copyright 2004 Mark Bottjer. And down some more... Copyright 2004 Mark Bottjer. A fun side trail. Copyright 2004 Mark Bottjer.

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

MileageSurfaceNotes
0.0 PAVED

Plaza. Head west on Fisher Avenue.

0.2 PAVED

Turn left onto Grant Street.

0.5 PAVED

Turn right onto US Highway 60 (the "Coast-to-Coast Highway"), and head west out of town.

6.7 DIRT

Turn south on a dirt road into a small valley with a shrine..

6.8 DIRT

The Shrine: For good luck, leave an offering. Head south.

8.0 DIRT

Old corral and cattle pond.

11.8 DIRT

Old quarry and road junction. Head east.

14.5 PAVED

Microwave tower near Interstate 25. There is an AT&T switching station built 100 ft. underground, complete with facilities for a crew of 10 for 3 months. It is a 3-story underground bomb-proof building. Go north (left) on the frontage road.

16.5 PAVED

Junction; continue north. (For an alternate route, you could head into the valley and follow a ditch bank route to Socorro: but you're on your own if you do!)

20.2 PAVED

Turn left just past the RV Campground. Go a short block, then north (right) on Fairground Road. This becomes Park Street and goes straight to the Plaza (except for a jog to the right a block before the Plaza to avoid going the wrong way on a one-way street).

21.2 PAVED

Back at the Plaza.

Maps

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