Thursday, March 14, 2024

O2O Trail Construction Progress

Many thanks to the 26 volunteers (including our friends from NMFVO) who showed up last Saturday! We had another really successful volunteer trail building day, completing 0.5 miles of the new BLM O2O Trail. It's surprisingly quiet and scenic tucked up against the mesa edge and I think this is going to be a really nice loop option with the Blue Canyon Trail when we're done.

The next build day on the O2O Trail is scheduled for Saturday April 13th.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

2024 Spring & Summer Projects

We're trying to set our volunteer trail day schedule a little in advance this year. We're also coordinating with our friends in the New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors to host more joint projects. 

Here are the currently planned projects for the spring and early summer. We'll add to this list, but hope you'll consider marking these dates on your calendar and joining us for some fun.

  • Saturday March 9: Work on the Box-Enterprise Trail Network, constructing the new O2O Trail west of Socorro. 
  • Saturday April 13: More work on the Box-Enterprise Trail Network, hopefully finishing the O2O Trail. 
  • Saturday June 15: Working on the popular Timber Peak Trail #70 in the Magdalena Mountains. We'll clear deadfall and remove overgrowth to improve this scenic hike.
  • Sat-Sun July 13-14: Working on the 6-Mile Canyon Trail in the Magdalena Mountains. We'll clear deadfall and overgrowth to improve navigation on this long and scenic trail. We've reserved the group campsite at Water Canyon Campground for the weekend, so volunteers are welcome to camp out!
Please do consider volunteering. We've been a productive group these last two years thanks to strong participation from the community, and you can help us continue to improve outdoor recreation and access. If you'd like to help out, please contact us

O2O Trail Construction on Saturday March 9th!

We'll be working on building the new O2O Trail on Saturday March 9th with some help from our friends from the New Mexico Volunteers For the Outdoors. The O2O Trail is the first of the stacked-loop trails that connect off the existing Blue Canyon Trail.  The trail is named after the Ocean to Ocean Highway, the original name for Highway 60, which this trail parallels. 

If you're willing to volunteer to help us build this new trail please contact us

You can see the alignment of the new trail in the figure below (shown in red). The existing trails are shown in blue and purple, and the Highway 60 trailhead is denoted with a "P" symbol. A second connecting trail to the Rodeo Grounds is also in the works which will add some longer course options for trail running and mountain bike events. The trail will form a 2.8 mile loop with the Blue Canyon trail from the trailhead.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

2023 Recap

As we close out 2023, it's a good time to reflect on what we managed to achieve with our partners last year:
I think that's a pretty impressive haul for our little volunteer group! Thank you for all you do to improve the quality of life for Socorro area residents and outdoor enthusiasts. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back, and then let's keep the momentum as we start the new year.

Descansos Trail construction:

Landavaso Trail construction:

Deadfall and overgrowth clearing in the Maggies:

Lasso Loop Lineup MTB race:

Happy Trails!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Socorro Valley Bosque Trail Work

It's the time of year to enjoy the Socorro Valley Bosque Trail, so a small group of us worked on trail cleanup, overgrowth clearing, and trail marker installation today. Extra thanks to our friends at NMVFO who donated the trail markers and stickers to improve navigation along the trail! 

The Socorro Valley Bosque Trail is about 3.25 miles long and passes through a few of the Riverine Parks. It's not pretty easy to follow, starting from Otero Park just east of Socorro. The river is flowing nicely and the leaves are still in full color in this southern part of the Bosque, so make sure to visit the trail and enjoy the fall colors while we still can!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

The Lasso Loop Lineup is a Wrap!

Thank you to NMICL, the City of Socorro, and all the volunteers who helped pull off the Lasso Loop Lineup youth MTB race this weekend. We had 118 racers from middle school through high school and a lot of positive feedback (though we could have all done without the wind!) Thank you racers, coaches and parents for coming out! 

We're proud of our little part in it and happy to see that the race course held up to its first test. It was really rewarding to see these young athletes push their limits while demonstrating fair and generous behavior - especially the varsity girls who were neck and neck for four laps! There are always lessons learned with a new event, but we're calling this one a success and look forward to making the Rodeo Grounds Hoedown Throwdown on October 28-29 even better!

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Landavaso Trail Progress

Here's a quick report from Mike Comiskey of the BLM Socorro Field office about the Landavaso Trail build day last Saturday:

Thank you everyone for the great turnout and hard work.  We had 13 hardworking volunteers that came up from the Socorro area, 2 all the way from Datil New Mexico and 14 from Magdalena for a total of 29 trailbuilders!  The lower loop of the trail is 98% complete due to the hard work on National Public Lands Day, with a couple small sections still in the rough cut stage.  The longer upper loop is completely rough cut so the entire trail is very walkable and easy to follow, but will require users to be carful and watch their footing on the rough cut sections.  Thank you everyone who participated and thank you to the great partners who contributed drinks, snacks, vouchers, and their valuable time. If there are any questions about the Landavaso trail, or any BLM trails in Socorro and Catron County contact the BLM Socorro Field Office, or BLM New Mexico webpage.  

Here's a link to some photos from the day. And here's the location of the trailhead if you'd like to check it out.