Otero Canyon

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.10 out of 5
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Intermediate
5.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 200 ft
6,842
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
This trail provides a fairly remote experience just a few minutes from the city. From the trailhead, you can head up the main draw, which is otero canyon, or head up the trail to the left that goes up on the ridge, or you can go a little way up the draw to a trail that takes off to the right which will ascend that ridge or continue on down to Tunnel Canyon. If you ride all the way to the top, beware of federal property. Even though higher in altitude, the ridges may melt out sooner than the canyon because they are exposed while the canyon gets less sun. The ridg on the right is very rocky and not always fun--it makes a better descent than climb. Otero Canyon proper is good either way. It is a reasonable climb up and can be very fast on the way down with a few opportunities for air. Check with the forest service on the way up for maps and conditions.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (23 total check-ins)
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Reviews (16)
 

Trailblazer


January 14, 2018
 
Review: Sweet trails. Lots of rocky climbing. A little snow on parts right now but totally rideable.

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Gnarly

September 6, 2017
Gdb49 Gnarly  
 
Review: Amazing local crag. This is a must ride area.

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Singletrack


May 17, 2017
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
 
Review: This is a place for your granny gear. There're some portions of technical climbing. Otherwise it's a steady and reasonably steep climb. However as a reward you get a sweet downhill with many ledges to catch some decent air time. Or incorporate it into a loop with Tunnel, west ridge and birdhouse ridge. I'm glad I rode this trail and hope to come back again.

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Epic


March 19, 2016
Fatbike1 Epic  
 
Review: Fun place to spend all day making your legs burn from the miles of single track in the area.

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Granny Gear

June 2, 2015
Cory Ramey Granny Gear  
 
Review: Ridden this trail many times. Our favorite in ABQ. You must visit this trail if you're in the area.

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Granny Gear

May 31, 2014
 
Review: Otero is always fun, always challenging. Plenty of technical options, and plenty of spatial challenges. the local club, FOOMTB keeps working with the NFS to build more trail in the area and maintain what was created there years ago.

Similar Trail: Cedro Peak

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Gramcounter

March 29, 2014
 
Review: Otero Canyon trails are pretty awesome. There's plenty of climbing with some climbs being easy and others being fairly technical. The good news is that once the climbing is over with there's some amazing downhill. Because there are so many switchbacks on the downhill, it does take a while to get back down so it doesn't just fly by.

A word of advice though: wait until the snow has melted in the area. Plenty of cliffs with downhill icy sections is a recipe for pain... or excitement if you're into that.

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Gramcounter

March 15, 2014
dgh911t Gramcounter  
 
Review: A means to getting to westridge!

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Gramcounter

October 25, 2013
skelldify Gramcounter  
 
Review: Assuming this is the Otero Canyon Trail (05056), and not the area in general:

Excellent downhill, with optional jumps here and there, and a few rock gardens to slow you down a little.

Fun uphill as well.

This is the "standard" trail for the area. Any time someone visits I take them on this. This is a rare trail that I'd actually say is good for all skill levels. You see beginners tottering along and walking sections, and there are people who just bomb the crap out of it and have fun! If you're one of the latter, watch out for the former! I've ridden this trail a ton of times and I'm still getting better at it.

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Gramcounter

November 6, 2012
jkacuba Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fast, fun and flowy when ridden south to north. Some technical spots, lots of fast smooth singletrack and few spots to catch some air. I rode Otero from the Mars Court TH and dropped in from Gnasty (05057). After screaming down Otero I climbed back out of the canyon on Blue Ribbon (05236). I'd recommend doing that loop in the opposite direction - the initial climb up Blue Ribbon is tough and rocky - it would be much better coming down into Otero!

Similar Trail: Coyote, Lone Pine, Cedro

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Otero Canyon MTB Trail 4.10 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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