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Skidmarks Trail

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2.8 Miles 4.5 Kilometers



159' 48 m


-160' -49 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (5°)

3,564' 1,086 m


3,482' 1,061 m


Shared By Normand Legault



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A fun trail with great mid-speed flow throughout.

Normand Legault

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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.


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.


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.


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Nov 23, 2018
Alvino Coyazo
May 29, 2018
Jared Fox
Fun ride, but hot. If your planing on doing it go early!
Jan 21, 2018
Frankie Funbux
Love this little trail rode it twice each way today have to say left is my favorite.
Jan 12, 2018
Todd Clark
Trail in great shape! 17mi
Dec 24, 2017
Todd Clark
Rode both ways twice. Trail is in good shape and fun as ever!
Aug 12, 2017
Peter Streibig
Trail was in great shape after morning rain. $5 park day pass. Beginner friendly. Head down to Lea Lake for a swim, soak or shower after. 5.6mi

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  4.0 from 7 votes
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I do a lot of mountain biking all over the state and beyond. I have to say, this is a very good little trail and worth the trip out to give it a try. The description is spot-on and despite the short distance, it was a lot of fun and I rode it a couple of laps in both directions. I also explored some other old ranch roads and access routes off the caprock there, making it a long ride. Thumbs up! Sep 21, 2017
Novice and I really enjoyed this trail.... Mar 12, 2018

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