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Amazing sunsets. Rich history. Delicious food. Vibrant culture. From bi-national historic sites and Spanish missions to one of the world famous heritage trails in the country, the City of Socorro offers a first class ticket to a world filled with desert views, the beauty of the border and a whole lot of fun! Start planning your escape to West Texas and come see Socorro  today.

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In the heart of the southwest lies an oasis in the Texas desert! Explore the mystery that lives in Socorro's thousand year history, tour the WWII Bracero Barracks, take an offloading adventure, or walk the city streets to see some art. Being known for its warm spirit and friendly faces, Socorro is ready to welcome you. 

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Each year thousands of people make their way to West Texas to enjoy the year round sunny skies and favorable temperatures.  Paired with the beauty of the borderland, Socorro is the jewel in the desert. Enjoy time honored delicacies in our infamous restaurants,  take in all of nature at the Rio Bosque National Park, or take a stroll down the hundred year old pecan farms. Socorro has it all!

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Events

Each year this spirited community is home to several time honored events and hometown traditions.  The passing of ostara and Easter brings the 3k color run/ walk,  or take advantage of the free summer movie series in the amphitheater,  or the family friendly Independence Day Extravaganza on the 4th of July. However you really haven't lived until you've participated in the jalapeño eating contest at the Harvest Festival,  or been on a ghost tour for Halloween's Fight Farm. But if the warmth of the season is what you're after, visit Socorro for the holidays and watch the Christmas Tree lighting and holiday parade! Whatever the reason we're sure to provide great food,  great vibes, and a great time in the City of Socorro!

Color Run

Each spring, the City of Socorro celebrates the season's changing with a fun 3k walk/run around our community. This run includes various stations where non-profits throw colored flour at participants as they run the race route; the race concludes at Bulldog Championship Park, where the City provides games, rides, and an Easter Egg Hunt.

WINTERFEST

The City of Socorro is proud to continue its holiday spectacular with the annual holiday parade and tree lighting! Enjoy the spirit of the season with free hot chocolate,  photos with Santa,  live entertainment, festive food, and holiday cheer!

Art Exhibits

Hispanic Heritage Month

Chili War Festival

Tigua Culture Dance

Tigua Rockin' The Rez

Grand Entry, Saturday afternoon, Oct 6, 2018, Ysleta Del Sur, El Paso, TX

Historical Attractions

La Purisima

Weathered wooden crosses and marble headstones punctuate the cemetery that fronts the graceful stepped facade of the 1843 Socorro Mission. Located in the center of a string of three historic church sites, Socorro Mission rises in the West Texas skyline as one of the Southwest’s best-preserved examples of mission architecture and a place of profound Catholic faith. In 1740 a flood destroyed Socorro del Sur’s 1691 church. Within four years, the Piros had rebuilt the mission, which now served a community of Indian and Spanish residents who, instead of returning to New Mexico during the Spanish reclamation of 1693, set down permanent roots on the south banks of the Rio Grande.

Casa Ortiz

Casa Ortiz, located on the Mission Trail in Socorro, exemplifies the simple structures of locally available materials built on the Spanish Colonial frontier. Reputedly constructed in the late 1700s with adobe walls and roof supports called vigas and latillas, it now houses The Bookery, an independent bookstore. In the 1840s, the house belonged to José Ortiz, a trader who carted salt from the salt flat at the foot of the Guadalupe Mountains along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and traded knives, sarapes, and other goods with Native Americans.

Casa Apodaca

Built in 1900, this historic building was once the area’s first silent movie theatre that opened in 1902. The world premier showing of the original Pancho Villa silent movie that debuted in 1919 was shown here. Currently, Casa Apodaca only opens for special historic tours.

1st Socorro Mission

The original Franciscan mission, Nuestra Señora de la Concepción del Socorro, was founded in 1682 by the Franciscan order, to serve displaced Spanish families, American Indians (the Piro, Tano and Jemez) from New Mexico, who fled the central New Mexico region during the Pueblo Revolt.

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