Hike: Santa Fe Rail Trail

Santafe.com - September 28, 2011

"I like to hop onto the trail for jogging or to take my puppy on a long walk in the evening"

This trail runs through the center of Santa Fe, along the Rail Runner’s tracks. There are a few starting points, depending on your means of transportation. I like to hop onto the trail for jogging or to take my puppy on a long walk in the evening.

Distance from Plaza: 2 miles/ 7 minutes

Difficulty: Easy, with some steep climbs

Trail Length: 15.6 miles

Fee: No

Pets: Yes

Bikes: Yes

Weather Conditions: The Rail Trail is exposed to the elements, so cover up in the summer. The path can be frozen in the winter.

Directions to Trail Head from the Plaza:

To the Rail Runner Station on Cordova Road: Head toward Old Santa Fe Trail. Turn right onto Cathedral and another right on East Alameda. Take the second left onto Don Gaspar. Take your third right onto Paseo de Peralta. Turn left onto Cerrillos Road. After a half mile, turn left onto St. Francis. Then, turn right onto W Cordova Road (across from Trader Joe’s). You can get to the trail from the Rail Runner Station.

To the Rabbit Road Entrance (good for mountain bikers): Follow the directions to St. Francis. Keep on St. Francis for 3.5 miles. Pass the exit for I-25, and at the dead end, turn right onto Rabbit Road. The entrance to the trail will be .6 miles on the left, where the railroad tracks cross the road. The trail ends in Lamy.

About This Hike: The Rail Trail is a paved path that follows railroad tracks through Santa Fe, and continues to Lamy, NM. You can even walk to the trail head from the Railyard, but you will be on sidewalks next to busy roads for part of the time.

The path from downtown to the south side of Santa Fe is quiet and relatively easy. The path has a downhill grade from north to south. One variation on the trail is when you cross over Siringo Road heading south, you can stay left and continue on the Rail Trail, or you can veer right for the more challenging Arroyo Chamiso trail.

Most bikers prefer to start the trail at the Rabbit Road crossing. This is more challenging and part of the trail is dirt and gravel. There are opportunities for off road mountain biking. You can take this trail to Lamy. It is a beautiful ride, especially in the spring and autumn.

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