San Lorenzo Canyon Recreation Area

Quick Facts

San Lorenzo Canyon Recreation Area

New Mexico

(505) 835-0412

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Overview

San Lorenzo Canyon, located northwest of Socorro and about 5 miles northwest of Lemitar, New Mexico, is an excellent location for hiking, particularly for those interested in the area's unique geological formations. This scenic east-west canyon offers ample outdoor opportunities for hiking and primitive camping. Some of the geological features visitors can find on a hike in San Lorenzo Canyon are arches, shelter caves, and interesting rock formations; there is something interesting around every corner! The cottonwoods indicate there may have been a reliable water source at one time in the area. The area is a longtime favorite winter and driving destination of both the New Mexico Carriage Club and the Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association. The area has remnants of old ranches and homesteads; springs and tiny creeks also are hidden in the canyon bottoms and washes. There are no fees for using the area, and it is open-year round.

Map of San Lorenzo Canyon Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 34.246149, -107.021771

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Activities

  • Camping

    This scenic east-west canyon offers ample outdoor opportunities for hiking and primitive camping.

  • Hiking

    Every hiking path passes countless interesting and unusual geological formations, keeping the trip far from typical and never dull.

Directions

Driving

The site is northwest of Socorro and about 5 miles northwest of Lemitar, NM. The area can be reached by taking the western frontage road north from Lemitar (along I-25) and driving about 5 miles. At that point, visitors follow a maintained dirt road west which will go to the main canyon.

Phone Numbers

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(505) 835-0412

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