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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +388/ -393 ft
Total: 58 riders

Mountain Biking Otero Canyon

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#26 of 283 mountain bike trails in New Mexico
#1,680 in the world

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.

First added by John Fisch on Mar 26, 2009. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Follow the directions to Tunnel Canyon. Follow the road about a mile past the pullout to Tunnel Canyon and you'll find the pullout to Otero Canyon on the right.
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