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. 
  • 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 - no one else cares about your personal record.
  • 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 things further from home. 
  • 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. 

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. 


  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.

  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.


  3. Thanks, that would be greatly appreciated. Devon

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