Socorro Attractions

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3 Cranes Fine Art Gallery

Beautiful art abounds at the 3 Cranes Fine Art Gallery.  View the works of artist A. Leon Miler as well…

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Each season, the Bosque del Apache offers unique bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Peak visitation occurs in winter when bald eagles and thousand of sandhill cranes and snow geese flock to the fields and marshes.

Box Canyon Recreation Area

Box Canyon is a popular site for camping, hiking, and rock climbing, and attracts both locals and knowledgeable visitors. Box…

El Camino Real International Heritage Center

El Camino Real International Heritage Center is one of the most important legacies of the Spanish settlers, who arrived in…

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…

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…

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…

Farmers’ Market

Buy fresh, locally-grown produce direct from the farmer. Featuring occasional entertainment, this friendly gathering is open July through October on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings on the Historic Plaza.

Fort Craig

Fort Craig, established in 1854, was one of the largest and most important frontier forts in the West and also…

Ghost Towns of Socorro County

Ghost Towns found in Socorro County are Fort Craig, Kelly, Riley (Santa Rita), Rosedale and San Marcial.
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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…

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…

Johnson’s Hill (Gordy’s Hill OHV Area)

The 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area is a scenic dirtbike and ATV destination overlooking the Rio Grande Valley and Bosque with a tremendous variety of riding opportunities.

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.

Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)

The Very Large Array (VLA) comprises 27 radio telescopes in a “Y” pattern spread across the plains of San Agustin 50 miles west of Socorro.

Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex: Bernardo Waterfowl Management Area

The Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex contains four wildlife management areas in Valencia and Socorro Counties, namely Bernardo Waterfowl Area,…

M Mountain Coffee

A supporter of the arts, M Mountain Coffee often displays the works of regional artists. In addition to its art…

Macey Center

The spectacular Macey Center houses art of all kinds.  Home to the NEW MEXICO TECH PERFORMING ARTS SERIES it is…

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…

New Mexico Tech

New Mexico Tech is an undergraduate and graduate university specializing in science and engineering education and research. The school offers world-class research programs in hydrology, geophysics, astrophysics, explosives research, anti-terrorism technology and more.

New Mexico Tech Duck Pond

A great place to get back to nature right in the middle of town.  The New Mexico Tech Duck Pond…

New Mexico Tech Golf Course

GOLF DIGEST magazine named the New Mexico Tech Golf Course “one of the 10 best public courses in New Mexico,…

New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series

A slate of high-quality touring performances – popular and classical music, theater, dance and family entertainment – held in the intimate Macey Center Theater on the New Mexico Tech campus.

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 (Socorro Striders and Riders).

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,…

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 169 in San Acacia.

San Marcial

Courtesy of Socorro County Historical Society
San Marcial is a small town about 30 miles south of Socorro.  San Marcial…

San Miguel Mission

The historic church celebrates its 400th Anniversary in 2015.  Located a few blocks from the Plaza, the original mission was…

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

Sevilleta Refuge, begun in 1973, is not managed for specific wildlife species but to allow natural processes such as flood and fire to prevail. A few areas are open for public enjoyment, including the visitor center.

Socorro Community Theater

The Socorro Community Theatre usually produces two fall shows per year, one in the fall during Festival of the Cranes, and another in spring/summer.

Socorro County Arts Gallery

Socorro County Arts is dedicated to promoting the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and creative crafts in Socorro County,…

Socorro County Chamber of Commerce

A strong supporter of the arts, every month the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce displays the beautiful works of a…

Socorro County Chile Growers

There is nothing better than fresh New Mexico chile produced in the rich farm lands of the Rio Grande, and…

Socorro Fat Tire Trails

Mountain bikers will find that Socorro is a gateway to all year adventure.

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. This is being accomplished by encouraging the locals of the area to bring forth historical items to add to our collection.

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…

Socorro Landing: A UFO Story

Read about one of the best-documented UFO sightings in U.S. history – an event that was witnessed by City of Socorro Police Officer Lonnie Zamora, and investigated by many top scientists.

Socorro Nature Area

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

Socorro Parks and Recreational Facilities

City of Socorro Parks and Recreation provides leisure activities for the entire family.

Socorro Picture Framing and Art Gallery

Socorro Picture Framing & Art Gallery is a full service custom framing shop and fine art gallery displaying works of…

Trinity Site

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

Vertu Fine Art Gallery

Georgette Evans Grey and the other fine artists at the Vertu Fine Art Gallery invite you to explore four rooms of art in the Juan Jose Baca house at 113 Abeyta West.

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Contact Us

Contact the Socorro Heritage and Visitors Center before or during your visit to our area! We have brochures and other information on the area, and can answer any questions. 575-835-8927