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Things to Do in Socorro

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  • AnnCS
    Huntingtown, MD436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an outstanding way to spend a few hours! If you are interested in science and astronomy, this is an EXCELLENT place to visit. There are interesting displays and videos that explain the science behind this radio telescope array. But I highly recommend taking the walking tour. Two National Radio Astronomy Observatory employees will conduct the tour. Our guides were so informative and treated everyone's questions - very basic or very advanced - with equal respect and thorough responses. A volunteer docent explained the details of their very interesting sun dial. (It doesn't just tell the time but also the time of year and constellations that can be "viewed" with the radio telescopes at various times. It was really cool to watch the radar dishes rotate to different positions.
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • Doug W
    Mississauga, Canada2,822 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I got there TOOOOO LATE!!!! I was so looking forward to seeing this completely. It is a MUCH shorter drive coming from the east on MUCH better roads and I-25 than it is from the west and New Mexico which is a longggg way and why I was late!

    Just a few suggestions:
    (1) Read everyone's previous comments,
    (2) give yourself a FULL half day to experience everything,
    (3) the walking tour is pretty extensive so if you are taking anybody with mobility issues you are going to really need to think about that !!!

    It is impressive....I wish I could have seen it from Jodie Foster's CONTACT POV!!!!!
    Written 25 December 2023
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  • Sal and Christine W
    Las Cruces, NM62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very vibrant parish and everyone was friendly & welcoming. We attended the 10am Mass, children’s choir was precious, and children also read the Bible readings, ushered, did the collection. We were very thankful to have worshiped with this friendly parish.
    Written 17 December 2023
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  • Satisfaction7
    Las Vegas, NV258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are a rock hound, a science teacher, a nerd, or just like sparkly gemstones--visit this museum!

    Look at other reviews for description and pix. A few of my thoughts:

    As you check out the displays, notice that there are random artifacts from mining in Socorro distributed among the display cases.

    IMO--The curating of the museum is excellent. Nice progression from case to case, good descriptions/interpretive materials.

    Be sure to scroll through the old-fashioned jewelry store glass display case for affordable mineral specimens. You can purchase many for under five dollars
    to add to your collection. Best souvenirs ever.

    Also--cross the hallway and investigate the publications/bookstore/giftshop. A wealth of scientific research is represented in the inventory, as well as some fun, educational items for all ages.
    Written 20 June 2023
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  • stevemhall
    Rhoose, UK230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were fortunate during our visiting that all the dishes were close by in their “compact” setup, making for spectacular views. The scale of the place is awesome! If you are in to science, astronomy and the like, this place is a must see. Great displays explaining what it’s all about.
    Written 8 March 2024
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  • Brssjunk
    Tucson, AZ1,272 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have always gone to Bosque del Apache, but this year there were very few cranes there so we decided to explore further up and down the river. We found Ladd S Gordon and were utterly delighted! I would give this 5 stars if it was larger, but within the constraints of size, this place was wonderful. There are raised platforms which allow you to see more of the birds. They have planted grain for the birds so there are many coming in. There are different habitats so you can see different birds. Don't limit yourself to the Cranes.... There are lots of other birds there as well.
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • Monique E
    The Netherlands1,747 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There’s not much physical evidence left of this fort, but thanks to the brochure and signage on site you get a really good impression of how the fort must have looked and operated and its historical significance.
    Everything is very well kept, there is a small visitor center (closed when we were there) and immaculate restrooms.
    The only downside is the access road: 4,5 miles of gravel, in places very bumpy. It was doable with our Nissan Maxima, but it took us over 20 minutes.
    Written 30 May 2019
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  • P S
    Albuquerque2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 rocks on the road made it better for dual-sports than for the light cruisers we brought. With the dual sports we could have gone further into the landscape on the side roads that descended into old quarries or followed arroyos. The last 2 miles of road at the south end (off BLM land) had a little sand- stay away from the sides of the road!
    Written 9 February 2021
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  • OldeBear
    Hamden, CT725 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like minerals, you will love this place. We were there 2019 and is has actually gotten better. Regards, OldeBear
    Written 22 June 2023
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  • hawknjaguar
    Portland, OR154 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant and quiet. Has some excellent wrought iron art, celebrating the area's local features, which is a nice touch. Some cool old buildings surrounding the plaza. Nice place to walk/relax on a nice day.
    Written 13 November 2021
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  • Satisfaction7
    Las Vegas, NV258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I enjoy visiting public libraries wherever I travel. My friend shared this visit with me on a warm morning strolling the historic plaza. I was impressed with the young peoples' art on display and the resources available to both kids and adults.

    Thanks for the free cookbook from the "take a book" table at the entrance.
    Written 20 June 2023
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  • techie2016
    Socorro, New Mexico13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a Tech student, I've had the pleasure of seeing a number of performances at the NMTPAS. "Mark Nizer" - an amazing juggler with a laser lights show, "Las Cafeteras" - a fresh and modern take on urban Hispanic music, "Grace Kelley" - an extraordinarily gifted saxophonist with recognition from Michael Jackson and Huey Lewis, and "Barrage 8" - a complex arrangement of rock and pop violins, choreographed to a laser lights show.

    All of these competitive, world class shows at a small town theater...and I didn't have to pay a penny to see any of them. The PAS has worked with Tech and other sponsors to generously provide free admission to shows for NMT students. However, even for non-techies, the ticket pricing is cheaper than you'll find anywhere else (in the $10-$25 range).

    Performances are scheduled regularly, with 1-2 shows per month, usually starting Friday nights at 7:30. Nothing fancy is required- just bring your ticket, grab some snacks at the concession stand outside the theater, and have some fun :)

    The PAS offers shows that are fun, diverse, impressive, and at an incredible value. For those looking for something to do in Socorro on a Friday night, I couldn't recommend anything more highly!
    Written 16 April 2016
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  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, NM1,361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Lorenzo Canyon is a challenge to find, but very worth the effort if you've got an adventurous spirit. There is a labyrinth of slot canyons wild countless opportunities for exploration, bouldering, climbing, and hiking. You can drive through the length of the main canyon, so don't be deterred by the challenging looking road.

    It's easy to get lost and if you climb to the top ridges, very easy to run into dead end cliffs. Make extra time, bring lots of water (the place is completely dry), and keep track of your surroundings. If you like hidden adventures, this is a must find&explore.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • Joan
    Socorro, NM46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ... this is said to be one of the best courses in the state. It's an oasis, beautifully maintained with a wandering stream flowing into a shaded pond full of ducks and geese. Locals & NM Tech students enjoy walking their dogs or jogging along the course perimeter. The restaurant has a lovely covered patio (dogs welcome) as well as a small indoor dining area. The food is simple, American & NM comfort food, sensibly priced and always fresh. Besides a few beers on tap, they also offer wine & some hard liquor. We like the smothered chili hot dog with fries.
    Written 8 September 2019
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