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

Six-Mile Canyon

Name: Six-Mile Canyon
5/5 Fitness 5/5 Skill 3/5 Route
Length: 13.6 miles
Elevation: 6800 ft min, 9600 ft max
Start: Water Canyon Campground
Updated: Way back in 1993.

Note that this is a very active lightning area during a thunderstorm. Though rain storms are generally brief, they can be torrential and usually occur in mid-to-late afternoon in July and August.

Six-Mile Canyon is so-named because it's about six miles southwest of Socorro.


Water Canyon Campground

By car, take Highway 60 west from Socorro. Turn left (east) about 15 miles from Socorro at the Forest Service marker (about a mile beyond the Water Canyon Bar); proceed 4 miles to the campground.

Mileage Log

0.0 DIRT

Water Canyon Campground. Go across the stream (which will be dry at most times of year), and head up hill on Forest Road 235 toward Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, operated in July and August by New Mexico Tech to study summer thunderstorms.

3.4 DIRT

Intersection of Forest Road 2358 (this is where you will re-enter the main road on the route back). Continue on the main road: don't turn.

6.2 DIRT

Sign for Six-Mile Canyon, Trail #14. Push your bike several hundred feet uphill to find the start of the single-track.

7.6 DIRT

Spring (don't drink the water).

7.9 DIRT

Junction of Trail #14 and Trail #17. Our route goes north on Trail #17. (It is possible to continue down Six-Mile Canyon, but much carrying and pushing of bikes is required. Once we went south here and down Ryan Hill Canyon, but the trail didn't exist in many places, and it left us 18 miles west of San Antonio.)

8.0 DIRT

The trail climbs steeply to the north.

8.5 DIRT

This is the top of the hill.

8.9 DIRT

Mining area. The single-track becomes an old mining road.

9.2 DIRT

South Canyon Stream. There is water here in the spring, but it may be dry later in the year.

9.9 DIRT

Go under the gate (you may need to dismount for this maneuver).

10.2 DIRT

Junction with Forest Road 235 (this is the point you noted at mile 3.4). It's all down-hill now---well, mostly.

13.6 DIRT

Water Canyon Campground. It's a lot cooler here than it will be back in Socorro!



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