Maps & Resources
- MTB Project: MTB project is our primary repository for mountain bike trails in the Socorro area. We are slowly moving the fat tire trail guide over to MTB Project and expanding it in the process. 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.
- Trail Forks: We are also synchronizing our fat tire trail guide materials on Trail Forks for users who prefer that app. The content and trails mapped on Trail Forks and MTB Project are generally very similar.
- Hiking Project: We are in the process of building up a repository of local hikes on hiking project. This list is much better maintained than AllTrails or other hiking apps for the Socorro area.
- Socorro Hiking Guide: Jim Ruff is maintaining a useful guide to hikes in the Socorro, NM area. This includes the trails described in Robyn Harrison's printed hiking guide. This site features cross-country hikes that are not suitable for publication on Hiking Project, and is a valuable resource for more adventurous souls.
- Legacy Socorro Fat Tire Guide: This guide (initially in print and then online) was once the main source of information on local mountain bike rides. It's worth a look to see what was popular in the mid-1990s, and has some excellent hand-drawn maps, but MTB Project and Trail Forks are more up-to-date information sources.
- BLM: The Socorro Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has online maps for the Box Canyon Area, San Lorenzo Canyon Area and Datil Well trails. These PDFs have geo-location data incorporated, and integrate well with Avenza maps for following the trail on your phone.
- 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, bikepacking, or cross-country hiking further from home.
- Robyn Harrison 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. The content of the book is also available on the Socorro Hiking Guide.
- 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 or hike.
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.ReplyDelete
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.
Thanks, that would be greatly appreciated. DevonReplyDelete
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).ReplyDelete