Otero Canyon

 7 votes

1.7 Miles 2.7 Kilometers

Singletrack

267' 81 m

Ascent

-12' -4 m

Descent

7,075' 2,156 m

High

6,811' 2,076 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Unknown

7,075' 2,156 m

High

6,811' 2,076 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Super fun varied singletrack through a beautiful canyon.

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May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.
This amazing trail is great in either direction. On the way up there are smooth fast sections, rock gardens and one difficult steep pitch as the trail drops into, out of and across the canyon bottom. On the way down you float through the rock gardens and fly off built up jumps. The natural shelf and old dam in the bottom of the canyon make great launches of a bit over 2 feet with nice clean run outs. The very bottom of the trail has nice flowing turns that work back and forth across the canyon before a final rocky, twisty bit to get back to the trailhead.

This trail runs mostly north to south with the trailhead parking at the north end and the Kirtland Air Force Base withdrawal area at the south end. Be sure not to cross into the KAFB land as they do periodically enforce it and at least on the Otero Canyon trail the boundary is signed quite well, you would have a hard time pleading ignorance.

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Aug 14, 2016
steven crisp
May 14, 2016
Stephanie Striefel
rocky slabs in places, would have been better dnhill; stopped to breathe a lot 1.7mi Delete
Apr 17, 2015
Jason baron
Oct 6, 2013
John Geronimo
Aug 4, 2013
DONNY KOLOZSY

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in Albuquerque

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