Otero Canyon East

HARD 12 reviews
#21 of 45 trails in

Otero Canyon East is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tijeras, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.9 miles
869 feet

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips



20 days ago

Great loop: Otero Canyon, left on Blue Ribbon, right on Gnasty, right on Otero Canyon back to the trailhead. 5.5 miles, about 5-600’ elevation increase (mostly in the first 1.5 miles).

This is an enjoyable hike with a really wide variety of scenery and terrain, from open ridge tops, to pine forest (with some beautiful Ponderosa pines), to rock walls and boulder-strewn washes. I hiked it on a red flag warning day, and the wind wasn’t bothersome at all, except a short stretch on the ridge top. This trail is exceptionally rocky in many areas, even compared to others in the area.

The Otero Canyon out & back listed here is cut off less than 2 miles in by the DOD withdrawal and is well marked no admittance. I guess lots of people still go in that area, but if you’d like to avoid breaking federal law, try this loop instead.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gentle On The Bones

Start the hike at Roots Farm Cafe down the road. It's a gem of a coffee shop.

This is the hike you do when you want to get the blood moving, but don't want to work too hard.

The valley is probably the best part. It's pretty peaceful.

The climb is well groomed and easy going. You could run/bike it if you wanted.

Check it out. No spectacular views. No waterfalls. Just a good hike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It was an Amazing Ride!

Friday, September 30, 2011

I do love this area, expecially if you take a left at the very begining of the trail. You end up walking parallel with the freeway but there are some amazing cliffs, lots of water pockets depending on the time of year and very green and lots of wildflowers. It is perfect to take your dog (s) on this trail since the mountain bikers take the other trails and you dont have to worry about being in there way. One of my favs for sure !

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