34° 3' N / 106° 53' W
Socorro is about 75 miles south of Albuquerque and the same distance north of Truth Or Consequences on Interstate 25. Some of the more important landmarks are Socorro Peak, a mountain just west of the town, and the Rio Grande river that runs to the east of it. The most important part of the town is New Mexico Tech, a 4 year college that features an 18 hole golf course, a small observatory, and houses the NRAO’s operational center for the VLA, a large set of radio telescopes seen in the movie Contact.
If you see the town, its two roles are obvious. It is both a college town and a highway town, with it’s assorted motels, fast food places, and banks. If you just drive down California Street, which is basically a loop off of Interstate 25, you would think that Socorro is a bustling town. However, once you leave that particular street, you see that it is just another sleepy New Mexico town.
There are a few things you can do in Socorro. El Camino is a good all-night restaurant that both students and townies (non-student Socorro residents) frequent. GameZone is a RPG store on California, too. NMT usually sponsors a Fine Arts series each year that features music, plays, and such. Never mind, there actually isn’t much to do in this small town.