July 8, 1998
Highlights: An easy, gentle climb along a ridgeline. Great for beginner / intermediate riders Location: Park / start is about 3 miles south of Old U.S. 66 on N.M. 337 Round-trip distance: About 4 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation: 6,600-6,900 feet Maps: Trails of Cedro Peak and Otero Canyon Printable map
Tunnel Canyon is one of those trails that makes you glad you have a mountain bike.
About two miles long, the trail stays in the bottom of the canyon for about a mile before it takes a left and starts up the ridge line, giving the rider some good views. The grade is gentle enough not to be a lung-burner, and there are only a few technical sections to test your bike-handling skills.
At the end of two miles, you have a choice: Either turn around or make a loop by making a left and following the Otero Canyon trail back to N.M. 337, then riding the road downhill to your car; or, if you haven't had enough (and that's a real possibility), take a right and follow the Otero Canyon trail up into the woods.