RECOMMENDED
DAY TRIPS
from Socorro
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AREA DAY-TRIPS: Explore Socorro County New Mexico
Trip 1 - El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Fort Craig and Bosque del Apache.
 
 
(1) From Socorro, drive south on I-25 for 32 miles to (2) exit 115; exit and follow the signs 5 miles to (3) El Camino Real International Heritage Center.  Spend as much time as you'd like in the visitor's center, in the exhibits gallery, or the other items of interest.  Bring along a lunch and enjoy it on our outdoor ampitheater or brick patio, both overlooking the trail and Jornada del Muerto.
 
From the Center (3), return to (2) exit 115.  Do not
enter  I-25; instead, continue northward on the 2-lane
paved road past the truck stop and restaurant. This is
NM highway 1, the original highway from Las Cruces
to Santa Fe, roughly following the west side branch of
El Camino Real.
This is a nice day-trip forming a loop from Socorro, New Mexico to El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Fort Craig, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, and returning to Socorro. The trip can just as well be done in reverse order - although, viewing the thousands of birds arriving at the Bosque in late afternoon or at sunset is a spectacular sight (seasonal).
 
Numbers (1), (2), (3), etc. refer to numbers on MAP - TRIP 1.
Continuing north on NM 1 for 3.4 miles, you will see the
turn off to (4) Fort Craig; the fort is about 4 miles down
a graded dirt road. The dirt road to Fort Craig is not
recommended for large RVs due to occassional wash-
boarding, but suitable for other vehicles.
 
Fort Craig was one of New Mexico's frontier forts,
built in 1854. It is a National Historic Site, operated by
the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and open to the public. Click here for more information (external link to BLM).
What
you'll
see . . .
Photo: Paul Harden/ECRIHC
Inside the Heritage Center
Photo: Paul Harden/ECRIHC
The ruins of Fort Craig
Photo: Paul Harden/ECRIHC
Bosque del Apache NWR
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The entrance to the headquarters, Visitor's Center and parking lot will be on your left (west).  The daily bird counts and species currently on the refuge are displayed in the Visitor's Center.  The largest population occurs in the Autumn months.  Opposite the Visitor's Center is the entrance to the (8) auto loop, allowing you to drive through the refuge and bird viewing areas.
 
After your visit at the Bosque del Apache, continue northward on NM highway 1 seven miles to the (9) Village of San Antonio.  If you're hungry, here you will find two restaurants famous for their hamburgers and green chili cheeseburgers - Manny's Buckhorn and the Owl Cafe.  Both have their own unique atmosphere and character.  San Antonio is an early settlement on El Camino Real, later a railroad stop with a Harvey Hotel, and the birthplace of hotel developer Conrad Hilton.
 
Turning left (west) at the blinking light, across from the Owl Bar, takes you to Interstate 25 for the 8-mile return to Socorro.
Map modified from FAA ABQ Aeronautical Chart
Trip 1 makes a nice "loop" from Socorro south to El Camino Real International Heritage Center, and returning via Fort Craig and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
 
From the Confederate monument, rejoing NM 1, or drive westward to (6) Interstate 25, exit 124, should
you desire to return directly to Socorro.  Otherwise, continue driving northward on NM highway 1 about 8 miles to (7), the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.   
Fort Craig
For more information
click here
Battle of Valverde
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click here
Bosque del Apache
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click here
San Marcial
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click here
San Antonio
For more information
click here
El Camino Real
International Heritage Center
Area Attractions
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TRIP 1
Heritage Center
Fort Craig
Bosque del Apache
TRIP 2
Indian Pueblos
Abo, Quarai and
Gran Quivera
TRIP 3
Magdalena
Kelly ghost town
VLA radio telescope