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

Morine and Durfee Canyons

Name: Morine and Durfee Canyons
Ratings:
3/5 Fitness 3/5 Skill 4/5 Route
Length: 16.1 miles
Elevation: 7400 ft min, 8160 ft max
Start: Junction of FR 476 and FR 661
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This is an excellent ride with a variety of terrain including wooded canyons, open rangeland and high mountain passes. There are beautiful views of the Plains of San Agustin and the VLA Radiotelescope from the hills above Durfee Canyon.

Location

Junction of FR 476 and FR 661

Mileage Log

MileageSurfaceNotes
0.0 DIRT

Junction of FR 661 and FR 476. This point is 1.2 miles up FR 476 from NM 52 (NM 78). Ride east up FR 661.

1.7 DIRT

Gate. Go through.

2.1 DIRT

Morine Canyon. Continue up FR 661.

3.0 DIRT

Road junction. Ride left (north) up the road which leaves Morine Canyon. Your return route will be down the road which continues up Morine Canyon at this point.

3.6 DIRT

Top of hill at 8120 ft., after a steep climb.

4.9 DIRT

Wood shed on the left.

5.1 DIRT

Side road on right in an arroyo. Stay on main road to left (north).

6.5 DIRT

Excellent views of the Plains of San Agustin to the north.

7.0 DIRT

Road curves to the right down into Durfee Canyon.

7.4 DIRT

Durfee Canyon. Turn right up the canyon on FR 473.

10.5 DIRT

FR 220 joins from left. Continue up canyon (south).

10.9 DIRT

Leave private land.

11.4 DIRT

Fenced enclosure on right. On north side of the enclosure push your bike west about 100 yds and pick up the faint remains of an old logging road which heads west into an arroyo. Ride up the road which has numerous mounds of dirt across it to prevent use and erosion.

11.7 DIRT

Large rock outcrop on left side of arroyo. Continue up road which climbs steeply.

12.1 DIRT

Road ends on flat saddle between Durfee and Morine Canyons. Continue across country in a NW direction and find a fence.

12.2 DIRT

Fence. Cross fence and follow it down to the left for about 100 yds to the lowest point where it crosses an arroyo. This is the head of Morine Canyon. By the fence, on the south side of the arroyo are two old roads. Follow the lower one down Morine Canyon.

13.1 DIRT

Back at junction with FR 661. Ride down to car.

16.1 DIRT

Junction of FR 661 and FR 476.

Maps

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