Sites & Museums

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site (Temporarily Closed)

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is one of the most important legacies of the Spanish settlers, who arrived in New Mexico in 1598. The Site houses a theater, classroom, gift shop, outdoor patios, an amphitheater, and an observation deck.

El Camino Real National Scenic Byway

El Camino Royal de Tierra Adentro, The Royal Road to the Interior, threaded 1,500 miles northward from Zacatecas, Mexico to the far edges of known Spanish world.

Elfego Baca Heritage Park

Flanking the Plaza in Socorro’s historic district, the beautiful Elfego Baca Heritage Park is a great spot to learn about local history as it has several monuments relaying stories of Socorro, as well as a beautiful art history wheel.

Escondida Lake and Park

This lake park offers fishing and camping, RV hookups, tent sites, bathrooms and potable water.

Etscorn Observatory

The observatory is located on the New Mexico Tech campus.  On every 1st Saturday of each month you are invited to a Guided Night Sky Stargazing at the observatory. website  

Fort Craig

Fort Craig, established in 1854, was one of the largest and most important frontier forts in the West and also played a crucial role in Indian campaigns and the Civil War.

Garcia Opera House

The Garcia Opera House is located at 110 Abeyta Avenue West in Socorro, NM. It is a National Historic Site and is owned and operated by the Garcia Opera House Foundation.

Ghost Towns of Socorro County

Ghost Towns found in Socorro County are Fort Craig, Kelly, Riley (Santa Rita), Rosedale and San Marcial. Articles Published by Paul Harden: Ghost Towns of Socorro County Part 1 Part 2 Ghost Town Guide

Gran Quivera

Gran Quivera

Part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Gran Quivera was an important trade Center before and after the Spanish “entrada.” Apache raids, drought, and famine caused the Pueblo Indians to abandon the site in 1672.

Hammel Museum

The Hammel Museum started as a beer garden and, in the intervening century, became successively a brewery, an ice plant, a soda bottling plant, and finally ended as an active industry still making ice.

Historic Plaza: Kittrel Park

The idea of a plaza as a geographic center of a community dates back to ancient times, making Socorro’s Historic Plaza a testimony to historic custom and culture.

Isidro Baca Park

Flanking the Plaza in Socorro’s historic district, the beautiful Isidro Baca Park honors Socorroans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Joseph R. Skeen Library

More than 600,000 books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, videos and computer files are held in the 54,000-square foot, three-story library building on the northeast corner of the Tech campus.

Macey Center

The spectacular Macey Center houses art of all kinds. Home to the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series it is host to live performances from national acts which hail from all over the country.

Mineral Museum

The Mineral Museum houses the collection of 15,000 mineral specimens and was assembled to assist with the education of the engineers and geologists.

Mission Churches of Socorro County

Beginning in the 1500’s Spanish colonists journeyed up the Rio Grande Valley and established settlements and mission churches along the way.

New Mexico Tech

New Mexico Tech is an undergraduate and graduate university specializing in science and engineering education and research.

Quebradas Back Country Byway

Enjoy biking at the scenic mountain bike trail, with many trail options. Cerrillos del Coyote Loop is a popular route taken by the Cerrillos del Coyote Mountain Bike Race.

Rio Grande and Socorro County Riverine Parks

The Rio Grande is a spectacular sight! Socorro County is blessed with fifteen (15) riverine parks and hiking trails, including Island Riverine Park located at the east end of town at the end of Otero Street.

San Lorenzo Canyon

Hike and explore the plant and animal life of the Chihuahuan Desert at the photogenic San Lorenzo Canyon. Located north of Socorro on I-25, exit 163 in San Acacia.

San Miguel Mission

The historic church celebrates its 400th Anniversary in 2015. Located a few blocks from the Plaza, the original mission was built between 1615 and 1627.

Socorro Visitors Center

Socorro Heritage Museum

The mission of the City of Socorro Heritage and Visitor Center is to create a publicly owned facility to preserve, display, and maintain valuable items of historical significance; therefore, our heritage.

Socorro Historical District Scenic Byway

The history of Socorro is told in its architecture, and the Socorro Historical District Scenic Byway is the visual embodiment of that history.

Socorro Nature Area

Nestled behind the farms of Lemitar just north of Socorro, the Socorro Nature Area is a hidden gem and pure beauty.

Trinity Site

The first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945 at Trinity Site.