Due to extremely dry conditions, the BLM and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) recommend only 4 x 4 high clearance vehicles. The Canyon is open, but please enter with caution. Cell phone coverage is limited. For more information, please call the BLM at: (575) 835-0412 or FWS at: (505) 864-4021.
This scenic east-west canyon offers ample outdoor opportunities for hiking and primitive camping. Some of the geological features you 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.
None; restrooms and drinking water are not available.
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, you follow a maintained dirt road west which will take you to the main canyon.