If you were just passing through Socorro, New Mexico on I-25 you would never guess that there is a beautiful canyon just miles away hidden by the desert landscape. San Lorenzo Canyon is just outside of Socorro, about 5 miles northwest of Lemitar.
San Lorenzo Canyon offers hiking, camping, rock climbing, picnicking, horseback riding and ATVing opportunities. If you get lucky, maybe you’ll see a bighorn sheep, so keep your eyes open! New interpretive signs and a new welcome sign were installed within the last year that make the site even more appealing.
The BLM shares management of San Lorenzo Canyon with the Fish and Wildlife Service and visitors are not allowed on the FWS’ area. So, make sure to watch for signs.
The Socorro Nature Area is only a few minutes from San Lorenzo Canyon, in the town of Lemitar. Stop by and visit the nature area while you’re in the area. There are two interpretive trails, one long and one short trail, that have information about the plant life in the area. Pick up one of the new trail guide brochures and guide yourself through one of the trails, it’s only a short walk.
Visit the San Lorenzo Canyon website for more information:
For more information on the Socorro Nature Area visit:
Photos and Story: Emilee Cantrell
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