Home  >>Trails >> United States Trails >>New Mexico >>

Lat: Lng:

Skidmarks at Bottomless Lakes State Park

Average Rating:    (3.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

The skidmarks trail is a mostly beginner level trail with a few intermediate level switch-backs and rock lined water crossings. The trail is quite different from typical desert terrain. It has constant gentle undulations that make it a very fun ride. It is easy to ride the trail clockwise or counter clockwise and the frequent white "gypsum" sections makes it feel like your riding on a moonscape. The 3 mile loop takes just under 30 minutes to complete but if you are an advanced rider you can do multiple laps to extend your ride. Watch out for rattlesnakes and skunks after sunset and before sunrise. If you look at the trailhead picture you can see a large rattlesnake crossing the trail as I snapped the picture! I rode the trail only a couple of weeks after it opened so it was in great condition but it seems to be designed very well for proper drainage and should be easy to maintain.
post pictures of this trail >>
search for trail pictures >>

This trail doesn't have any Longitude and Latitude data for the map. Participate and drag the red marker to the correct location.
Enter a Starting Point (City, State, or Landmark)


[X]Cancel
Latitude
33.320200993413906
Longitude
-104.326171875
Trail Directions
From Roswell downtown area head East on US380 for 12 miles then South on NM 409 for 3 miles. There are clear signs leading the way. The trailhead and parking area are on the right well before you get to the first lake. Continue to the lakes, pay your day use or camping fee at the ranger station and then head back to the parking area to start your ride. http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?addr=Bottomless+Lakes&csz=Roswell%2C+NM&country=us&new=1&name=&qty=
Trail Length
3 Miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Roswell
Zip/Postal Code
88201
Country
United States
Web Address
Information Added By
   


Sort Reviews by:  Latest Review | Best Rating
Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 2, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: JerBear007 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Everyone has covered it pretty well - beginner level, all hardpack. It's also shorter than marked, actually 2.6/2.7 miles rather than 3.1. It's worth visiting if you're already going to Bottomless Lakes, but otherwise, it really isn't worth the $5 day use fee. It's great though for working on leaning into turns. Also of note is that this gypsum soil, when packed really gets the chatter bumps going and combined with all the short curves, it's painful to my wrists like no other trail I've been on. I do agree though that the State Park people/person did a great job designing and building the trail. I rate it overall low mainly because it's so short.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
July 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Taco101 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
3.13 miles of twisty single track. Not overly tough climbing wise. Not technical at all, great for beginners. Ridden fast its a challenge. Its fun both clockwise and counter clockwise....or both. Lea Lake is a short drive or ride away and a nice way to cool off after a few laps of the trail.

Recommended Route:
I like to ride it both ways or a couple of laps, then run it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haystack Mountain ORV.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
June 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: bsdc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Skidmarks is a short trail near the entrance to Bottomless Lake State Park just outside of Roswell, NM. It's an intersting park with camping and swimming available.

Skidmarks is a very twisty three mile hardpack loop with mild elevation changes. Ride it slow and most beginners can enjoy it. Ride it a couple of times fast and an intermediate rider can have fun.

Recommended Route:
Give it a roll clockwise and counter clockwise, then head down to the bottomless lake for a dip if it's warm enough

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not much in this area. I was just driving through and dropped by.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
May 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i would concur with previous review. but I owuld add these commnets. after riding the trial you can ride (+/- 3 mi.) down to the Lakes. Although paved, this road has NO traffic.

Bottomless Lakes Parks is exactly that... a series of small lakes....including one with a sandy swimming beach....

so ride the trail....heat up ..hit the cool refreshing lakes.

tuff begginner ...intermediate trail...

lots of dips, sharps carves, 100% twisting trail... one moment of complaceny and your off your bike.



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.

Review Date
August 25, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: antrey ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As described in my trail description, this is a very fun and unique trail. It is well designed and packs alot of interesting features into an efficient 3mile loop. It was built and designed by one of the rangers at Bottomless Lakes State Park who is a mountain biker and was built according to IMBA guidelines. If you are in Roswell or camping at Bottomless Lakes State Park it is definitely worth the visit. You can tell it was designed to be a beginner to intermediate level trail for everyone to enjoy and with that design goal in mind I think it's perfect! There is also lots of opportunity for future trail expansion in the area.

Recommended Route:
Do one loop clockwise. When you get back to the trailhead, turn around and ride it counter-clockwise. Repeat until you are tired of having fun!



Would you like to Comment?
Join MTBR for a free account, or Login if you are already a member.
Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)
 


Mavic Plasma SLR:

Helmet
$219.99
$219.99
Colorado Cyclist


Koobi:

AU Enduro Gel Mang rail
$97.46
$129.95
Koobi.com