2 miles
704 ft
-57 ft
Avg time
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Blue Ribbon Details

  • Riding Area
    Otero/David Canyon
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    USFS - Cibola National Forest Office

Blue Ribbon traverses the ridge east of Otero Canyon and can make a fine loop with that trail and G Nasty. The northern end of the trail climbs up onto the ridge and is quite technical with lots of loose stuff and other embedded rocks to make it difficult to hold your line. About half way up things get really nasty with a steeper grade and shelves thrown into the mix and no clear line to hold.

Once you're up on the ridge, the character of the trail changes dramatically. Curving trail through the trees and an open meadow take you to the junction with G Nasty. Then it's a short tight rocky spot followed by a gradual climb, eventually ending at a junction (more like the north end) of FS Rd 106.

While the northern bit of this trail is a real grunt, the southern half is great and the descent of the northern bit is not terrible though a bit bone jarring.

Access Info

Trail starts just up from the Otero parking lot at the north end and meets up with FS Rd. 106 at the southern end

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Blue Ribbon bike trail
  • Altitude change
    647 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,841 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,488 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,841 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,488 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1,907 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,266 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jun 18, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to blue-ribbon-29553 trailhead (35.031029, -106.373620)
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Blue Ribbon Trail Reports

Jun 18, 2018 @ 9:24am
Jun 18, 2018
Apr 1, 2018 @ 9:27am
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Jul 29, 2017 @ 4:54pm
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Blue Ribbon, Albuquerque

Routes with this trail

Otero 9 miler
9 miles
Manly Otero
15 miles

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