San Lorenzo Canyon

EASY 16 reviews

San Lorenzo Canyon is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Socorro, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

1.5 miles
321 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers


washed out

Wonderful Canyon area with some cold springs and wonderful geology. Sandy and gravel for the most part and some rocky areas depending on where you go.

1 month ago

Great place to hike around!!

2 months ago

I don’t know that I’d call it a trail so much as just a great wilderness area to explore. It’s a bit of a trip to get to it but once there, the options for hiking and exploring are wide open both on this trail and a bunch of others in the same canyon area. I’d say that it would be pretty near impossible to get lost unless you’re in a very low visibility situation as the landmarks are plentiful and if you have any clue how to read a standard topo map, you’ll be just fine.

It was completely empty the day we hiked it and a good bit of the surrounding area so it was great to get away from the world for a bit.

11 months ago

Area entry is at N34 deg 13.615 min – W106 deg 57.303 min. (My GPS was looney on this location and tried to send us up non-existent roads.) Exit I-25 at Lemitar and follow the west service road north where there will be signs. The road in is very good. Drive up lower canyon until you come to a rock fall. Climb over the rock fall and it’s an easy walk through the upper canyon. When you come to a 6 ft narrow waterfall don’t bother climbing it as you will be near the end anyhow. Clear water flows in parts of the canyon then intermittently disappears. Never found any “loop trail”, just an easy walk through the canyon floor but worth going.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I brought my family to hike this trail today. The road leading up to where I think the trail is located is very primitive, and there is no signage indicating where the trail begins. The area is beautiful but I do not think it is ready for public use due to the lack of signage and any visible trail maintenance.

I note that a BLM official has contributed to the posts on this trail and I would suggest to him or her that signage be installed so that trails can be identified and that the trails themselves be marked and maintained somewhat so that way they can be followed and hikers do not get lost.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This is an incredible canyon system. I've been several times and I never recognize the trail but I follow the arroyos and make my own path. The canyons are steep and beautiful, the landscape is varied, and there are even a few caves. I highly recommend this area.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) co-manages the canyon and it is NOT CLOSED. Please remove this statement from your page. The access is limited on the north side of the canyon and we are working together on boundaries. I work for BLM and authorize this message

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

drove all the way from Rio Rancho, it's closed! BY

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Very isolated. Amazing views and both the sunset and sunrise are breathtaking. The main road is really sandy and is mostly a river washout. The wildlife at dusk is majestic. Many nooks and shoot offs to explore. I don't think you can do this all in just one hike. Great camping as well.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Mostly free roam, you can hike the canyon or climb to the top and wander around

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Beautiful hike and there's no one on the trails so it was very peaceful.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Very nice hike especially if you like slot canyons. It's not the best slot canyon, but it is worth a visit. The most challenging thing is finding the trailhead...otherwise this is a rather flat trek.

Monday, June 17, 2013

As you drive from the black top onto the dirt road (2.5 miles from black top) is well maintained. You will see a sign on your right side onto a sandy dirt road. This is an dry river bottom. stay on main tracks!! there many side tracks that you can get stuck. From the sign the entrance to the canyon is about 3 miles. some areas within the canyon is deep sand. There are number of side canyon off the main canyon to hike into. The first side canyon as you enter the main canyon is on your left is well worth seeing.
Be aware of flash flooding during rainy season in the canyon and the river bottom can become dangerous

Friday, December 30, 2011

This is a great place to hike. The main canyon is easily accessed by just about everyone with more challenging side canyons and areas. There is more to this canyon than most realize. Lots of cool cliffs to view. Nice place to camp too but please be responsible.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Neat canyon with cool formations. Can hike in and on top of the canyons. Easy rock climbing with good views of the valley.

3 months ago

off road driving
Sunday, July 16, 2017