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Otero Canyon

Intermediate
 4.3 (24)

Super fun varied singletrack through a beautiful canyon.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Singletrack

7,075' 2,156 m

High

6,811' 2,076 m

Low

267' 81 m

Up

12' 4 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

May be closed during summer months due to fire danger, check with the ranger station for details.

Description

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.

Contacts

Local Club: AMBA

Land Manager: USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

Shared By:

LeeAB Brinckerhoff

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 24 votes

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  4.3 from 24 votes
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in New Mexico

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Photos

Riding off small drop off
Jan 3, 2018 near Pondero…, NM
Un-natural ledge drop, this one can be difficult to see the first time you come flying down the trail, meaning you could take it by accident like I did. No worries though, the take off is clean and the landing smooth.
Apr 2, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Descending the last bit of Blue Ribbon to the Otero Canyon junction.
Apr 6, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Sweet single track running down Otero Canyon.
Apr 2, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Trail junction between the West Ridge and Otero Canyon Trails.
Apr 2, 2013 near Pondero…, NM
Natural ledge drop in the bottom of the canyon, you could ride around it but why?
Apr 2, 2013 near Pondero…, NM

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May 20, 2021
D Inoobinati
Oct 23, 2020
Ridge Runner
Challenging, great switchback, perfect excuse to get a 150mm full suspension bike.
Jul 2, 2019
Jerred Neal
Jun 16, 2019
Sha Terese
I'm an Amateur 48 yo lady I have to walk up parts of GNasty. I do have a full suspension, which if you're new to this sport I recommend having one. 6.9mi
Jun 13, 2019
Kenneth Allen
Very rocky from washouts but still manageable. Just be aware of loose rocks 1mi
May 18, 2019
Frank Colt
May 15, 2019
Frank Colt
Dec 9, 2018
Hokie Kelley
Thick mud and snow