Location: Veranito lies immediately east of the Rio Grande floodplain, four miles north-northeast of Socorro.
Elevation Range: 4,600-7,100 feet
BLM Acreage: 7,206 acres
The Veranito WSA is located in central New Mexico approximately five miles east of Socorro. The area is characterized by a series of undulating, parallel ridges cut by numerous arroyos. It is interspersed with low-lying hills and a low elevation east-facing escarpment. The vegetation is typical of the upper Chihuahuan Desert.
To reach the southern border of the WSA, take the Escondida exit (#152) from I-25 (approximately three miles north of Socorro and 23 miles south of Bernardo & Hwy 60 E). Drive east and then immediately north to follow NM 408 for just over one mile to Pueblito Road. Turn right on Pueblito Road and drive east for less than one mile to the community of Pueblito; passing Escondida Lake and crossing the Rio Grande. At Pueblito, turn left at the T intersection onto Johnson Hill County Rd. Drive north and then east for about one mile where you will be very close to the southern border of the WSA. Johnson Hill Rd continues for over seven miles, northeast and then north, forming the eastern border of the WSA.
This is a dirt road requiring suitable clearance. Please note that conditions of roads can change at any time due to weather. Drivers should avoid dirt roads during rain or snow. Drivers should be cautious of wash-out following rain or snowmelt.
There are no marked trails in this WSA. Visitors must possess knowledge and skill in cross country hiking and navigating.
Socorro Field Office
901 South Highway 85
Socorro, NM 87801