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Quebradas Backcountry Byway, Socorro

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#10 of 10 in Things to do in Socorro
Scenic Drive · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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  • Such a nice stretch of road for camping, few fences to keep you out, multiple pull-offs and some side roads to explore. Maintenance was good at all the arroyo crossings, no deep sand. Some small... 
    Such a nice stretch of road for camping, few fences to keep you out, multiple pull-offs and some side roads to explore. Maintenance was good at all the arroyo crossings, no deep sand. Some small...  more »
  • This drive provided a fun and scenic four wheel drive. We off roaded and squealed with delight. It’s a great date. Families would enjoy themselves as well. 
    This drive provided a fun and scenic four wheel drive. We off roaded and squealed with delight. It’s a great date. Families would enjoy themselves as well.  more »
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  • Before I say anything else, let me me tell you: This is not a route you want to travel in your Ford Probe. I read numerous reviews prior to going that said the main trail was passable with any vehicle as long as there were no recent rains. The trail was dry but soft sand and low clearance due to large ruts even challenged my 4WD Pathfinder. If the rental car company hadn’t provided me a free upgrade I may still be stuck on Quebradas, so thank you Budget for the Pathfinder, but I digress. If you’re still reading let me tell you this is worth the trip. The views are unmatched and the serenity is wonderful. My daughter was disappointed by the lack of flowers, but it is a desert and she’s four, so that probably isn’t going to be a disappointment you encounter on your adventure. The entire drive is approx. 25 miles long and there is no way off once you begin, but you can drive at least 20mph comfortably most of the way so it doesn’t have to be a 2-3 hour commitment if you don’t want it to be. There are plenty of places to pull off and hike, so pack accordingly if that’s something you’d like to have the option to do. I personally would have liked to see more animals but the terrain and views are definitely the draw for this location so the free roaming cows will have to suffice. You’ll have a great view of the sunset behind the mountains to the west from almost anywhere on the trail, if you go in the evening. Do your best to be back on the paved road by dark. Dirt roads and UFO’s go hand in hand in this part of New Mexico and that’s the second type of Probe you don’t want on this trail.
  • Quiet, lots of views, wildlife, and places to explore.

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