Maps & Resources

Online Resources

  • MTB Project: We are slowly moving the trail guide over to MTB Project. We've emphasized rides that are either very popular or not featured on the old Fat Tire guide so far. Consider this the go-to mountain bike trail map list for the Socorro area. 
  • Hiking Guide: Jim Ruff is maintaining a useful guide to hikes in the Socorro, NM area. 
  • BLM: The socorro field office of the bureau of land management has maps for the Box Canyon Area, San Lorenzo Canyon Area and Datil Well
  • Strava: Want to compare your lap times to other locals? Give strava a go. However, don't be a strava$$hole! Respect other trail users - don't ruin someone's trail experience over a trivial personal record.
  • Bikepacking: There are a number of very good bikepacking routes in the area. The Off-road Runner may give you some inspiration for an overnighter in the area. 
  • CalTopo: This is an excellent mapping site that has most known trails and a land ownership overlay. They also provide the USGS quadrangles as a base layer. Great for planning gravel routes and bikepacking further from home. 

Offline Resources

  • Robyn Harrison recently self-published a book of hikes and bike rides in the area. The book is available from the Socorro visitor center, the chamber of commerce, and a few other vendors on the plaza.
  • You can still occasionally find printed copies of The Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, published in 1993. Some great rides in the old trail book haven't made it to MTB Project yet...
  • The US Forest Service publish a trail map for the Magdalena Ranger District. It's quite good, but can only be purchased at the Magdalena Ranger Station during business hours.
  • The Bureau of Land Management office in Socorro sell a series of maps. Most useful is the Vehicle Use and Recreation Guide.  
  • The Bureau of Geology on NMT campus has an excellent map collection for sale, including 1:24000 USGS Quadrangles of the entire state. 

Off Topic Resources

  • Socorro Music: See what's happening in the Socorro music scene and grab a pint with some live tunes after your ride. 

4 comments:

  1. Do you know who drew the maps for the Socorro Fat Tire Trail Guide? I'm looking for someone to draw maps for a hiking guide I've written for the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. I like the look, and getting someone with previous experience would be great.

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  2. Hi Devon,

    The person who did those illustrations is Paul Harden. Paul recently retired so I don't have current contact information for him, but I'll try to get a number or e-mail address.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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  3. Thanks, that would be greatly appreciated. Devon

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  4. Hi Devon - scrambling this a bit to avoid spam, but paul's e-mail domain is zianet.com, account is na5n (He's a HAM).

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