April 18 Field Trip: Wildflowers of Socorro County trip Cancelled

Leaders Mary Nutt and Tim Hankins. From mid-to late-April, many wildflowers bloom among the creosote bush and mesquite near the foothills of the Magdalena Mountains. We will drive to several places a few miles west of I-25 for short walks, then drive through a long and very scenic slot canyon. Intrepid souls may want to continue another 12 miles to emerge on Route 60 about 7 miles west of Socorro and proceed back to the freeway. Others may wish to retrace back through Nogal Canyon, visit the Owl Bar, then the cactus garden at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. First rendezvous: Take Socorro exit 150 from i25 and meet at 9:30 AM at MacDonalds on California Street shortly after passing through the first traffic light. Second rendezvous:  Proceed south on I-25 about 10 miles south of Socorro. Immediately after turning off I-25 at exit 139, BEFORE passing under the freeway, turn right onto a dirt road that goes south and west. Rendezvous there. The road is unpaved and it winds through a marvelous slot canyon before opening out to a long valley west of Chupadera mountain. High clearance vehicles required. The slot canyon can be very sandy, so bring a shovel. For carpooling from Albq, meet at 8 am at the Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot. Return late afternoon.