Road Rides

The following are common road rides from or near Socorro.


North Loops

Western Out-and-Backs

  • Hwy 60 as far as you like. Note - full shoulder disappears for a while about 15 miles west of Socorro but returns shortly before Magdalena. Full shoulder from Magdalena to the VLA, which makes for a near perfect century ride destination (~104 miles round trip)

Eastern Gravel Grinders

  • There are no paved roads heading directly east of Socorro. However, the Quebradas Scenic Byway is excellent on a gravel bike. When you return via ditch bank roads, Farm to Market Road and/or Hwy 1, it is roughly a 65 mile loop. 
  • Hwy 380 East of San Antonio has a full shoulder, but it is in rough condition (grass and debris). It is only recommended with wider tires (32mm+), and is best as a connector for the Quebradas Scenic Byway loop mentioned above. 

Southern Loops & Out-and-Backs

  •  Southern loops all use sections of Hwy 1. From Socorro, Hwy 1 extends roughly 65 miles. The southern most 10-15 miles has a rougher surface, but the road is very pleasant from Luis Lopez to I-25 Exit 100. Starting at the Bosque Del Apache visitor center is advisable during the fall months when traffic increases between San Antonio and the visitor center.
  • San Antonio Loop (26 miles)


Further Afield

  • State Highway 52, when accessed from I-25 exit 89 near Elephant Butte, is a beautiful and quiet ride.

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