1 miles
139 ft
-302 ft
Avg time
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Three Bottles Details

  • Riding Area
    Otero/David Canyon
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Global Ranking
    #14766 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Three Bottles is an intermediate level trail in the Otero trail system. Three Bottles is somewhat unique in the area in that it is not actually a single trail. What it is, essentially is an intermediate difficulty, bi-directional through trail that has several single direction mini-loops along its length. Each of these mini-loops are of varying difficulty, from intermediate level up to double black diamond level expert lines.

All of these lines are signed, but pay close attention if you are new to the trail, as many people inadvertently end up on a loop going the wrong direction, or become confused when they all of a sudden end up back where they just were, but headed in the opposite direction.

In general follow the arrows of the green signs to stay on the through trail, and any other loops will be marked in either blue (intermediate), black (single black diamond), or red (double black diamond). Heading north to south, is the preferred (descending) direction. Three bottles is not purely descending or ascending in a given direction, however; expect to climb or descend in either direction.

As of Spring 2017, a "flow trail" extension is being built to add additional trail to the north end of Three Bottles. This trail will eventually connect to the south end of Blue Ribbon to avoid the double track section on the ridge. Expect to see this extension finished sometime in 2017.

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More Stats for Three Bottles bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -163 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,487 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,701 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,660 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,498 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,052 ft
  • Distance down
    3,741 ft
  • Distance flat
    887 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 18, 2018
Avg: 4.5 (2 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 three-bottles trailhead (35.000648, -106.353450)
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Three Bottles Trail Reports


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Sep 1, 2018 @ 10:04pm
Sep 1, 2018
Three Bottles, Albuquerque
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Apr 21, 2018 @ 4:10pm
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Jan 9, 2018 @ 6:01am
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May 26, 2017 @ 7:30am
May 26, 2017
Three Bottles, Albuquerque

Routes with this trail

Otero 9 miler
9 miles
52 miles
Manly Otero
15 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 2
flag mtbike52 (Aug 11, 2014 at 12:36)
 Three Bottles Trail, now Three Bottles Advanced trail Has become a very good and challenging technical trail. We just finished a project with the Forest Service to add lines for every difficulty. Everything from easy lines to more difficult to black diamond and even double diamond. Everything is well signed as to each line difficulty. Great place to work on and build your skills. Drops, rollers,log rides, jumps.All out of natural features provided by the mtn. If you like some chunk and a place to test your skills, Three Bottles is for you. And this is just a small part of a great area to mtn bike. It's in the East Mtns near Albuquerque. A gem in the middle of the woods

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