Thursday, March 30, 2023

Descansos Trail Build Day #3

UPDATE: Build day is postponed/cancelled. We've hit a snag with ongoing review of the documentation that approves the construction of the trail. We will reschedule once the issue is resolved. 

We'll have our final trail building day on the Descansos Trail - connecting the north and south segments - on April 15th. It's a beautiful trail and we hope you'll join us! We're working in partnership with our friends at the New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors, so please consider registering with them or contact us to be on the local volunteer list. 

National Trails Day Event - June 3rd

Our friends at the SCOPE Health Council are hosting an event at Box Canyon for National Trails Day. We'll have guided bike rides, guided hikes, a trail run, an introduction to bouldering, food trucks and more. Should be a great day, so pencil this one in for Saturday June 3rd! If you're interested in participating please contact us or the SCOPE organizers (

Friday, March 10, 2023

City of Socorro Secures State Land Lease

 The City of Socorro is supporting our outdoor recreation community with the recent execution of an outdoor recreation lease of 640 acres adjacent to Box Canyon. You can read a nice little article about it in the Defensor Chieftain.

The areas included in the lease are shown in the figure below. You can see the Blue Canyon, Black Canyon and Gramont Peak trails just above the lease area. 

We're really happy that the city government has chosen to participate in this formal capacity in developing outdoor recreation around Socorro. We'll be working with our partners in the City on the 'stewardship plan' that proposes the development of trails, climbing areas, and other amenities within the leased lands. If you have ideas and want to engage in that process, please contact us

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Descansos Trail Build - Day #1 Done!

Wow! The Socorro trail crew steps up again - 50 volunteers with six crew leads built the first half mile of the Descansos Trail at Box Canyon. We were mostly too busy with trail tools in our hands to take photos, but here are a few highlights.

Fifty volunteers muster for the safety briefing before the work starts. 

The next generation of trail stewards!

The next generation at work!

Proud crew show off their work building a key section of tread through a boulder field.