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Socorro is 75 miles south of the Albuquerque International Sunport -- about 1 hour and 10 minutes by automobile.

Directions to the EES Department

Earth & Environmental Science Department Office
Mineral Science and Engineering Complex (MSEC), Room 208
801 Leroy Place; Socorro, NM 87801 
Office Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Mon-Fri 
Phone: (575) 835-5632


By Car

  • Take Interstate 25 to Socorro.
  • Take Exit 150. You will now be on California Street.
  • Go straight through the first traffic light, and then follow the green path on the map above.
  • Parking is free. Park your car in any parking lot.
  • Walk to the front (south) of MSEC and go through the main doors.
  • Go up the main stairway (elevator to the right of the stairs) to the second floor.
  • Turn right, and Room 208 is the second door on the right.

Detailed instructions from Albuquerque Airport to New Mexico Tech campus and NRAO guesthouse are here.

By Public Transportation

Public transportation is available Monday through Saturday between the Albuquerque International Sunport and New Mexico Tech by using a combination of three different transportation systems:

  • shuttle from Albuquerque Sunport to one of the Albuquerque RailRunner train stations
  • RailRunner train from Albuquerque to Belen
  • shuttle from Belen to Socorro and New Mexico Tech

See links to the schedules below.

The shuttle between the Albuquerque Sunport and one of the Albuquerque RailRunner train stations depends on if it's a weekday or Saturday. On weekdays, you'll take a shuttle to the Bernalillo County/International Sunport RailRunner station. On Saturdays, the shuttle only goes to the Downtown Albuquerque RailRunner station (also known as the Alvarado Transportation Center).

Whichever Albuquerque RailRunner train you get on, you'll head south to the end of the line in Belen in Valencia County which is 42 miles north of Socorro.

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At Belen you'll take a City of Socorro Shuttle to Socorro. There are two stops in Socorro, and you want the New Mexico Tech - Fidel Center stop on campus. The Socorro Shuttle requires reservations 24 hours in advance but this is just to ensure a seat. They will let you ride if there is room, but make reservations if at all possible. They only accept reservations M-F from 8-12, 1-4.

More maps from the NMT website.

Socorro Visitor Information

Maps, restaurants, lodging, etc. from the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce website

Created: ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:08 )
Last Updated: ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:40 )
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