Box Canyon is a popular site for camping, hiking, and rock climbing, and attracts both locals and knowledgeable visitors. Box Canyon is located approximately five miles west of Socorro off US 60. If you love to rock climb, download the Box Canyon: Enchantment Tower’s Socorro Climbing Area Guide for more detailed information on where to climb at […]
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. The natural setting is ideal for interpretation, nature walks, horseback riding, living history presentations, multi-cultural exchange, entertainment, and […]
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. Our country’s oldest and most continually used “highway,” the Camino Real brought European colonists to New Spain 22 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. Follow the royal purple signs along […]
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. The park is named after Elfego Baca, one of Socorro’s more colorful wild west characters. Visit […]
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. The Fort has a rich multicultural history, full of stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice. Located about 35 miles south of Socorro. Take I-25 […]
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. Using the gold he had left her, the widow of Juan Nepomuceno Garcia began construction of the Garcia Opera House is 1884. It was […]
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. Kittrel Park is believed to have been an empty Army field in the 1850’s. It was south of the original Plaza, but by the 1880’s the park […]
Flanking the Plaza in Socorro’s historic district, the beautiful Isidro Baca Park honors Socorroans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The park contains a fragment of “Jumbo” , the steel casing of the first atomic bomb detonated at TRINITY SITE, southeast of Socorro. It also contains the Isidro Baca Park Memorial, World War II […]
The Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex contains four wildlife management areas in Valencia and Socorro Counties, namely Bernardo Waterfowl Area, La Joya Waterfowl Area, Casa Colorada Waterfowl Area and Belen Waterfowl Area. Together with the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south, they feed half of the waterbirds which winter in the Middle […]
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. The lovely upper level lobby art gallery displays different art exhibits throughout the year. Go to the UPCOMING EVENTS section of […]
Beginning in the 1500’s Spanish colonists journeyed up the Rio Grande Valley and established settlements and mission churches along the way. There were several mission churches including the SAN MIGUEL MISSION in Socorro, the oldest Catholic Church in the United States, as well as churches in Riley, Florida, San Acacia, La Joyita, Amarillo, Polvadera, Bosquecito, […]
A great place to get back to nature right in the middle of town. The New Mexico Tech Duck Pond is the perfect place for you. A great family venue filled with beautiful ducks and geese – and tadpoles! Visit the NEW MEXICO TECH WEBSITE to learn more about the Duck Pond.
GOLF DIGEST magazine named the New Mexico Tech Golf Course “one of the 10 best public courses in New Mexico, and one of America’s 500 best places you can play.” Enjoy golfing at the golf course of NM Tech, sporting an 18-hole championship layout of rolling hills, dramatic elevation changes, and dynamic views of the […]
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. Next time you have the urge to picnic, hike or just get closer to nature make your way […]
Courtesy of Socorro County Historical Society San Marcial is a small town about 30 miles south of Socorro. San Marcial was once home to over 2,500 people. On August 10-12, 1929, extremely heavy rains in Socorro County quickly filled the river. By late evening the Rio Grande began to overflow its banks, flooding towns from […]
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. It has massive adobe walls, large carved vigas, and supporting corbel arches. The church remains an inspiration symbol of the Spanish Catholic heritage, celebrated by the annual Fiestas in late […]
Socorro County Arts is dedicated to promoting the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and creative crafts in Socorro County, New Mexico. Alamo Gallery and Gifts, a project of Socorro County Arts, is filled with artwork by over 30 artists, offering from watercolors to jewelry to woodwork. You will also find beautiful works from the […]
A strong supporter of the arts, every month the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce displays the beautiful works of a different local artist. The next time you are in the Historic Plaza make sure to drop by and admire the rich culture of art cultivated in Socorro County.
There is nothing better than fresh New Mexico chile produced in the rich farm lands of the Rio Grande, and the Socorro area has many local family farmers who raise more than five varieties of green chile. Scroll down to read more about Socorro County chile, find fun articles on New Mexico chile, as […]
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. This is being accomplished by encouraging the locals of the area to bring forth historical items to add to our collection.
The history of Socorro is told in its architecture, and the Socorro Historical District Scenic Byway is the visual embodiment of that history. The oldest existing structure in Socorro, the San Miguel Mission, is a cornerstone of the Byway and the foundation of Socorro’s history. A leisurely drive through Socorro’s old streets will give the […]
Nestled behind the farms of Lemitar just north of Socorro, the Socorro Nature Area is a hidden gem and pure beauty. Honoring the cottonwood-willow river forest (the “bosque”) it is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The one mile hiking trail and picnic site is a great place to spend the afternoon. Download […]
The first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945 at Trinity Site. The 19-kiloton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age. This site is open to the public only once a year, […]