Season: fall, winter, spring
Socorro Fat Tire Website
BLM Quebradas Backcountry Byway page (with map link)
Quebradas Backcountry Byway:
This dirt road winds its way through some lonesome desert in central New Mexico. Just east of Socorro, this ride first came to our attention when looking for larger loops for winter riding in New Mexico.
It's not 'mountain biking' per se, and would be perfect for a 'gravel' touring type bike with a front shock. I rode it on my Fargo, and Sarah rejoiced in riding it with her suspension bike. Both had their pluses and minuses on this ride.
Typically done from the town plaza in downtown Socorro, it starts and ends along the farm roads (paved and dirt) of the Rio Grande valley. Indeed, this ride is a great way to see both the surrounding desert and the farming areas along the Rio Grande. Of particular interest is the crazy exposed geology of the Loma de las Cañas range that the road rides along and finally crosses (see the map below), and the desert flora, like Ocotillo.
Definitely worth contemplating if you're looking for some easier miles without the pavement.
|The ride with the green start point being the plaza in Socorro.|
|The ride within the greater Southwest context.|
|The high point pass has a tank the will most likely NOT have water|
|Farm Market Road, with no traffic becomes the 'ditch' road which is gravel.|
|Highway 380 heading west down into San Antonito|
1. NO WATER SOURCES: Bring enough water for the entire 57 mile route, although you could possibly bum water off a local resident once back along the Rio Grande.
2. Backcountry riding gear is required: first aid, repair, etc.