Blue Ribbon, Gnasty, and Otero Canyon Trails Loop

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This little ride connects three trails in the Cibola National Forest for a super fun loop. Start out with a somewhat steep and technical climb before hitting a flat ridgeline, a fun downhill, and then a fast section at the end through Otero Canyon. The mountain bike trail system that has developed in the Manzano Mountains has been an ongoing project by the forest service and has become one of Albuquerque’s fun quick getaways. Locals can reach these trails in a matter of minutes, depending on where they live in the city. Mountain bikers can easily fill up a weekend riding trails here and still have plenty more to ride for the next few weekends. The Blue Ribbon, Gnasty, and Otero Canyon loop makes for a fun and fast trip with a little something for every rider.
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by JD & Emily Tanner / Shey Lambert (Falcon Guides)

This little ride connects three trails in the Cibola National Forest for a super fun loop. Start out with a somewhat steep and technical climb before hitting a flat ridgeline, a fun downhill, and then a fast section at the end through Otero Canyon.

The mountain bike trail system that has developed in the Manzano Mountains has been an ongoing project by the forest service and has become one of Albuquerque’s fun quick getaways. Locals can reach these trails in a matter of minutes, depending on where they live in the city. Mountain bikers can easily fill up a weekend riding trails here and still have plenty more to ride for the next few weekends. The Blue Ribbon, Gnasty, and Otero Canyon loop makes for a fun and fast trip with a little something for every rider.

© 2015 JD & Emily Tanner / Shey Lambert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Albuquerque
Distance: 5.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Local Contacts: Cibola National Forest—Sandia Ranger District, 11776 Hwy. 337, Tijeras 87059; (505) 281-3304; www.fs.usda.gov/main/cibola/home
Local Maps: USGS Sedillo; trail map available at the Sandia Ranger District visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Ribbon, Gnasty, and Otero Canyon Trails Loop

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