2nd Annual
Tour of Socorro
April 19-20, 2008
Socorro, NM, USA
Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

Riley

Name: Riley
Ratings:
3/5 Fitness 3/5 Skill 4/5 Route
Length: 17.0 miles
Elevation: 5500 ft min, 6120 ft max
Start: Junction of FR 354 and FR 354W
Updated: Way back in 1993.

This scenic loop takes the rider through the northern Bear Mountains, down Canyon del Alamito to the Rio Salado and the ghost town of Riley. The ride offers an interesting variety of terrain including volcanic badlands, rugged mountains, and soft arroyos.

Location

Junction of FR 354 and FR 354W

Take FR 354 17.6 miles north towards Riley from US 60 in Magdalena.

Mileage Log

MileageSurfaceNotes
0.0 DIRT

Junction of FR 354 and FR 354W. (FR 354W is marked as FR 354E on the USFS map.) Ride west on FR 354W.

0.7 DIRT

Cross Baca Canyon and go through the gate, closing it behind you.

1.9 DIRT

Stay on FR 354W which exits right (northwest) out of the arroyo.

2.3 DIRT

Turn right (northwest) onto FR 354WA and climb through colorful volcanic hills.

3.3 DIRT

Road becomes FR 12C in Canyon del Tanque Hondo. Ride down FR 120 to Fall Spring.

3.5 DIRT

Road exits steeply left (north) out of the canyon just beyond the water tank. The road is difficult to follow in places for the next 3.7 mi. Be sure to find the next six checkpoints to ensure that you are on the correct route.

5.2 DIRT

FR 12C drops into an arroyo. Turn left up the arroyo and after 100 yards exit the arroyo on FR 120 to the right (north).

5.5 DIRT

Ruins of a stone house.

5.6 DIRT

Cement Trough Spring. The road becomes FR 12B by the metal water tank.

6.0 DIRT

Poorly defined fork in the road. Stay to left (northwest).

6.8 DIRT

Road crosses over a saddle. View of Mount Taylor is to the north.

7.2 SAND

Canyon del Alamito. Turn right down canyon which is soft in places.

9.2 SAND

Gate across arroyo. Go through and continue down arroyo.

9.5 DIRT

Road leaves arroyo on right (east) side.

10.5 DIRT

Junction with FR 12.

11.1 DIRT

Road crosses Rio Salado.

12.6 DIRT

Turn right towards river.

12.8 DIRT

Road crosses Rio Salado.

13.8 DIRT

A side road on the left leads to Riley ghost town and its church, Santa Rita. Take the 04-mi. side trip to Riley across the Rio Salado, or continue straight ahead through the ranch cattle guards on FR 354 towards your car.

15.1 DIRT

USFS boundary.

17.0 DIRT

Junction with FR 354W.

Maps

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Map courtesy of Socorro Country Fat Tire Trail Book, 2nd Edition (ISBN #0-88307-712-4).