If you have ever wanted to travel through time, here’s your chance!

Come to Socorro, New Mexico, to visit sites associated with World Wars at White Sands, and civil wars at Ft. Craig, mining and ranching booms and busts in Magdalena, Native American revolts triggered by the arrival of, first, the Spaniards and then other Europeans. Travel the great El Camino Real that was the path of commerce and cultural exchange between Native Americans and later Europeans. Tour the remains of millennia of Native American pueblos and cliff houses and see in their petroglyphs the evidence of their activities and of ancient wildlife. That wildlife can still be seen in the annual arrival and wintering of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and other migratory waterfowl who have inhabited the area longer than man has.

After the first traces of man and animals and plants have vanished in the dust, follow the Quebradas Back Country Byway to see the evidence of the changing Earth over 250 million years into the dim past in the exposed layers of sand and stone in hoodoos, buttes, and canyons.

And if all that isn’t enough for the most ardent of history buffs, you can go beyond the “dim” past to the “invisible” past, at the Very Large Array radio observatory in Magdalena, where scientists seek to uncover the history of the universe on a billion-year scale!

The links below will take you to specific information about these attractions as well as many other opportunities to experience the arts – audio, visual and culinary – inspired by this great region.

Be sure to visit the City and Chamber websites for up-to-date event listings.
 
     
     
 

 
     
     
  JUST OUT THE DOOR:  
  Socorro County Chamber of Commerce
City of Socorro
Socorro Heritage and Visitor Center
New Mexico Tech
New Mexico Tech Mineralogical Museum
Performing Arts Series
Socorro Historical Society
Walking Tour of Historical Socorro Homes
Socorro County Rodeo Grounds
San Miguel Catholic Church
 
     
  ABOUT 20 MINUTES AWAY  
  Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex
Rio Grande River Parks
Quebradas Scenic Byway
 
     
  WITHIN 60 MILES:  
  Very Large Array
Cattle and Mining Towns of Magdalena & Kelly
El Camino Real International Heritage Center
Ft. Craig Monument
 
     
  HIKING, BIKING, AND HORSEBACK RIDING OPPORTUNITIES:  
  Acacia Riding Adventures
Rio Grande River
Water Canyon Birdwatching
San Lorenzo Canyon
Socorro Nature Park
Magdalena Mountains
Cibola National Forest
 
 
     
  DAY TRIPS:  
  Old Town Albuquerque (and all other Albuquerque attractions)
Capitan, home of Smokey the Bear
Lincoln, home of Billy the Kid
Three Rivers Petroglyphs
Carrizozo
Valley of Fires State Park
White Oaks Ghost Town
Elephant Butte Park
Salinas Pueblo Missions
Truth or Consequences
Ruidoso Downs
Santa Fe
 
  Trinity Site