San Lorenzo Canyon Recreation Area


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.

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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.

San Lorenzo Canyon Recreation Area

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Hiking/Backpacking Camping Picnicking Watchable Wildlife Scenic Area


Open year-round.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

BLM: Socorro.
Socorro Vehicle Use & Recreation Map.
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Socorro Field Office
901 S. Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801-4168