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Skidmarks Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun trail with great mid-speed flow throughout.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,564' 1,086 m

High

3,482' 1,061 m

Low

159' 48 m

Up

160' 49 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

The entire trail is within Bottomless Lakes State Park, so there is a fee. You can pay it and obtain a vehicle ticket at the park's Visitor Center, or at any other self-pay kiosk within the park.

Overview

Skidmarks Trails is a special kind of trail that manages to be flowy despite being relatively slow--because you're endlessly changing direction through well-designed corners.

Need to Know

The trail includes a few rock and timber bridges, but they are all well-designed, solid, and easily traversed.

Description

Despite being a short ride at about three miles in length, you'll want to ride it again and again in both directions. You'll be riding some bumpy sections, over a few 5" obstacles, and sweeping through tacky s-turns at the bottom of the coulee.

Most importantly, though, you'll be sawing that handlebar back and forth all the time with a smile on your face. And even though it's entirely built in and around a coulee, there are none of the long, steep climbs or descents you might expect in that environment, so it rates as 'Easy/Intermediate'.

Kids might even enjoy it--albeit at a slower rate and with some occasional hike-a-bike.

History & Background

According to the park's brochure, the trail adheres to IMBA guidelines and was constructed by local organizations including the New Mexico Military Institute, the New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy, and Boy Scout Troop 19 under the direction of Park Ranger Travis Reardon. All funding was provided by the Friends of Bottomless Lakes State Park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Normand Legault

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 9 votes

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Photos

Watch out for snakes!
Jul 14, 2020 near Roswell, NM
The Start
Mar 12, 2018 near Dexter, NM
1/4 in
Mar 12, 2018 near Dexter, NM
Half way done
Mar 12, 2018 near Roswell, NM
There's a decent amount of parking in the gravel lot off Bottomless Lakes Road.
Mar 18, 2017 near Dexter, NM

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Apr 24, 2021
William Thomas
Mar 12, 2021
Henry Salinas II
Feb 27, 2021
Anita Chavez
2.8mi
Jul 11, 2020
Benjamin Garcia
Go early in the day as it gets hot fast. Watch out for snakes and take plenty of water. 6mi — 0h 40m
Jun 8, 2019
Curtis Portio
Jan 14, 2019
Mal McCrea
Preferred it going counter clockwise from the trailhead. Short and easy enough to do it a couple of times! This was my first trail ever! Hardtail!
Nov 23, 2018
Alvino Coyazo
5.6mi
May 29, 2018
Jared Fox
Fun ride, but hot. If your planing on doing it go early!