Places to Visit

Socorro New Mexico has a plethora of attractions. From the historic to the scientific to cultural heritage, Socorro has something for everyone!

If you’re interested in minerals, visit the Mineral Museum on the New Mexico Tech campus. Astronomy? How about the Magdalena Ridge Observatory up in the mountains or maybe the Etscorn Campus Observatory. Of course, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array is well worth the trip, too.  For birdwatching you can visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south or Sevilleta NWR to the north.

El Camino Real International Heritage Center south of Socorro is a state monument that tells the story of Royal Road that brought the first Spanish colonists to the region. The Old San Miguel Mission just off the Plaza is both an historic adobe church and a modern place of worship.

If you need maps, directions or suggestions, stop by the City of Socorro Heritage and Visitors Center or the Socorro Chamber of Commerce: both are located near the Plaza in the center of town. If you need Internet access, use of a computer, or a good book to read, visit the Socorro Public Library!

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