Socorro Mission Number 1 Colonia is a moderate sized town on the border between Texas and Mexico. This open town is set along the Franklin feeder. There are two vets in Socorro, providing both emergency and routine care for pets.
In the nearby city of El Paso (around 30 minutes away) are a few interesting restaurants to check out. Barrigas Mexican Restaurant serves traditional Mexican food such as queso carioca, xochitl soup, mole chicken, tequila shrimp, and enchiladas. They have patio seating for the entire family! Rockin' Cigar Bar and Grill has a house specialty Garlic Burger, as well as wings and pizzas. There is a large patio for you and your furry friend to share a meal together. Bahama Buck’s is gluten-free and celiac-friendly, serving frozen tropical desserts that you can share in the beautiful sunshine with Fido at one of their two outdoor tables.
There are also a few dog parks in El Paso. Eastwood Dog Park, a.k.a Album Park, is an off-leash dog park that has gravel ground cover and agility equipment. Westside Dog Park Don Haskins Community Center is a fenced-in dog park with sections for large and small dogs. In the park is a fountain, shaded areas, and a doggy water fountain.
If you’re looking for a trail, head over to Franklin Mountains State Park. This park is about 50 minutes away, but it is full of trails of all types. Astec Cave Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that allows dogs on leashes and has benches for resting at scenic overlooks. Ron Coleman is a more difficult trail at 7 miles long that leads to a beautiful view; dogs are allowed to use this trail as long as they are on leashes.
If you are a dog owner who loves hiking with your fur-baby, La Luz is home to a unique trai: Grand View Trail. Fido will have plenty of room to let go of some of his or her pent-up energy while venturing down this new journey by your side. The local trail comes courtesy of the Rails-to-Trails nonprofit organization, with the goal of connecting unused railroads to open corridors – making this the pawfect trail to take your dog on! Dogs are asked to remain leashed, but there are no other requirements for taking Fido with you – just have fun! Whether you are an experienced hiker searching for your next trail to challenge or just a beginning hiker with a love for nature and dogs, La Luz offers a beautiful trail to accommodate all your needs. La Luz is just an hour and thirty-minute drive from Socorro, and is well worth the drive!
Fort Davis is home to beautiful hiking trails in the local state parks, and are filled with mountains, canyons, and grassy plains that will make any Bob Ross painting look imaginary. At a three-hour drive from Socorro, Fort Davis will not hesitate to impress. Fort Davis has a beautiful mountain park with trails that your leashed dog can accompany you on a breathtakingly scenic hike. Dogs are also allowed to join you at the local historic site. The historic site is located at the bottom of Sleeping Lion Mountain and Hospital Canyon – which itself makes for a beautiful view! Dogs are more than welcome to venture with you throughout the historical displays and buildings, if they remain leashed.
Marfa, Texas has a one-of-a-kind dog-friendly experience called Marfa Lights, and is a little less than three hours from Socorro. This extraordinary phenomena shows several lights that appear on the horizon, but the strange part about this mystery is that the area where the lights extend from is uninhabitable. The lights consist of red, blue, and white colors. If you like supernatural and other strange phenomena, then Marfa should be the next stop on your bucket list with your best four-legged buddy. Dogs are permitted to come visit the strange lights at the viewing center with you; just keep your fur-baby leashed at all times. Come witness the strange phenomena of Marfa with your canine companion; you'll definitely have a story to tell!
Three hours from Socorro, Alpine is home to of one of the most dog-friendly atmospheres in Texas. The local park, Kokernot Municipal Park, has various paths and hiking trails for you and your dog to unwind on and enjoy the scenic view. Dogs are asked to remain on-leash since the park is not fenced, but spending the one-on-one quality time with you will make up for the six-foot reach restriction. Benches and tables are available if you decide to bring a picnic or need to take a break while hiking the through the local paths. Beautiful hills and wildlife thrive in the local Alpine Park, making this experience glorious for both you and your dog.
Ruidoso has a very dog-centered park located about two hours and thirty minutes from Socorro. This local park offers a high-fenced, acre lot for larger dogs to romp and play off-leash, and a similar half-acre lot for smaller dogs to do the same. Amenities such as doggy bags, water, and shaded benches are provided to make the park experience wondrous to all two and four-legged park-goers. You can gaze at the majestic mountain scenery as your playful pup frolics through the grassy areas while making new doggy friends. So, bring some toys, some snacks, and some energy to play away the pawfect day with your best friend!