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

Socorro Fat Tire Trail Guide

The Rio Grande bosque, historic ghost towns, pristine high mountains with sweeping views, interesting old mine sites, and high desert roads to be explored in solitude--all are to be found in the rides of this guide.

Socorro's fat tire trails cover all skill levels, from leisurely romp to epic adventure, with truly something for everyone. Short easy trails let you explore the town and the foothills of the surrounding mountains; longer, moderate trails offer a jaunt along the river or between the irrigated farmlands; and more difficult trails up and down the hills, and through the canyons and sandy arroyos offer challenges to the most skilled riders.

The trails are spread out all over the county, with new trails being developed on a regular basis. Perhaps the easiest way to get acquainted with what Socorro has to offer is to use the area map. Alternately, you can peruse the full list of trails by name, by difficulty, or by length.

Before you go, please check out the additional information presented in our resource pages--especially the page on safety. We strongly suggest that ANSI or SNELL approved hard-shell helmets be worn on all rides (some rides even warrant body armor)! You are also encouraged to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, your gear, and any food or medical items you might need. Mountain biking in the high desert is an incredible experience, but requires special preparation.

A Word About Trail Ratings

The Socorro Fat Tire Trail Guide offers a wide range of trails, from short to near epic, and from leisurely romps along paved roads to "I'm gonna die" descents. Obviously, not all rides are suitable for all riders. In order to help you choose trails which match your personal skill and fitness levels, we classify our rides by their length, elevation, and subjective skill level. From these we distill, via a secret formula protected by highly-trained roadrunners, an overall "difficulty" rating.

All of these metrics run on scales from 1 to 5: "1" means that anyone who can physically climb onto a bike (or push it, for that matter) should be able to do it; "5" means that anyone who isn't very good at riding will be miserable, and may well hurt themselves in the attempt.

1 (Easy) 2 3 (Moderate) 4 5 (Hard)

Beginning mountain bikers should start with the easy to moderate rides, to help minimize the amount of time spent walking instead of riding. Generally, the moderate to difficult ratings require strong aerobic conditioning, technical riding skills to negotiate steep and challenging terrain, and/or good navigation and path-finding skills. Underestimating any one aspect of a trail can make for a very long and unpleasant ride.

Of course, every ride contains a mixture of elements, some easier than others: these ratings are our (very subjective) attempt at characterizing the trail as a whole. Weather conditions, rider experience, equipment problems, routing difficulties, and the legacy of last night's ill-advised over-indulgence all will affect the difficulty of the ride. Always read the entire trail description before committing yourself, and always plan for a ride slightly more difficult than the one described--just in case.

Most importantly, please be honest with yourself. We really don't want to see anyone get hurt.

Er, Make That a Right Turn...

We've made every effort, spent countless hours riding trails, and had far too many sleepless nights ensuring that this guide is accurate and comprehensive. Alas, perfection is not human nature. If you find an error in one of our trails (and we're sure you will), or simply have a suggestion, please let us know.

Don't See Your Favorite Trail?

Do you have a favorite fat tire trail which is not listed in this guide? We'd love to hear about it! This trail book is a work in progress (and probably always will be): additional legal trails are always welcome. Just drop us a line, and we'll work something out.

Area Map


FR 235 Restrictions (2006/03/22)

Due to construction of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory at the top of the mountain, Forest Road 235 will be closed week-days from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM for the forseeable future. Vehicles will not be allowed access much past Water Canyon campground, which causes problems for the Magdalena Mountains Trail 11, Six-Mile Canyon, and South Baldy - North Baldy - Jordan Canyon trails. Plan on avoiding these trails during the week.

Trail Closure (2004/03/15)

The Fort Craig to San Marcial trail has been closed permanently. Please discontinue use of this trail immediately.

Website Posted (2004/03/01)

The Socorro Striders and Riders proudly present Socorro's first online trail guide! Reprinting information from the Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book (2nd Edition), this guide will also include updated trail information, and brand new trails. Please let us know if you find problems, or have suggestions.

Notice: The information on these pages is based (in part) on information first published in 1992 as The Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, and updated in 1993 as The Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, 2nd Edition. Printed versions of these books are pretty hard to come by these days, though Spoke 'n Word Cycles and the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce usually have a display copy which you can browse.