Socorro Attractions

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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 Recreational Area

Box Canyon Recreation Area

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 Monument

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site

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 Real Map

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. 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 […]

Elfego Baca Park Sign

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.  The park is named after Elfego Baca, one of Socorro’s more colorful wild west characters. Visit […]


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  

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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

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 […]

Garcia Opera House

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. Using the gold he had left her, the widow of Juan Nepomuceno Garcia began construction of the Garcia Opera House is 1884. It was […]

Kelly Mine

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

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.

Plaza Spring

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. 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 […]

Isidro Baca Memorial

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.  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 […]


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.

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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.

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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, 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 […]


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.  The lovely upper level lobby art gallery displays different art exhibits throughout the year. Go to the UPCOMING EVENTS section of […]

Mineral Museum Minerals

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.

San Lorenzo Church

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.  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, […]


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.

duck pond at New Mexico Tech

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 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.


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, 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 […]


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).

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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.  Next time you have the urge to picnic, hike or just get closer to nature make your way […]

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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

San Marcial

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 […]

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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. 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 […]

Sevilleta Refuge

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

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.

Alamo Gallery & Gifts

Socorro County Arts Gallery

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 […]

Socorro County Chamber of Commerce

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 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.          

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Socorro County Chile Growers

  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 […]

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Socorro Fat Tire Trails

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

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

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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. 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 […]


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 Pond

Socorro Nature Area

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 […]


Socorro Parks and Recreational Facilities

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

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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 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, […]

Heritage Museum

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