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Santa Fe Rail Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Santa Fe Rail Trail is a 15.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 15.5 miles Elevation Gain: 360 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Ride the Rail Runner Express to Santa Fe for a glorious day of art, nature, food, southwest culture, & beautiful trails. Rather than rails to trails, the Santa Fe Rail Trail is more of a "rails beside trails." For its entire length, the trail is accompanied by a functioning railroad line. The first 3.5 miles of the trail is asphalt, and it runs right beside the Rail Runner railroad tracks. You may have gotten to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner since it is an affordable and enjoyable transportation option between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. And it is also a bicycle friendly way to get between the two communities since bicycles are welcome on the train. The next 11.5 miles is where the trail becomes unique from other rail trails. It continues to follow an active rail corridor, but that's where the similarities end. From this point on, the trail is no longer paved, no longer straight, and no longer tame. It becomes a dirt-covered roller coaster. Fortunately, the main trail is not overly strenuous, but there are many side trails to entice the thrill seekers among you. The best place to begin your ride is the South Capitol rail station in Santa Fe. This is the second stop on the Rail Runner train route from Santa Fe to Albuquerque and is not too far from the center of Santa Fe. As often seems to be the case, shortly after you begin your ride, you come to a microbrewery called Second Street Brewery. The paved trail continues past the currently inoperable Zia Street train stop until you get to a fork in the train tracks. From here the trail follows the tracks for the route of the Santa Fe Southern Railway. This set of rails is used much less frequently than the Rail Runner track. In fact, from this point on, you have only a small chance of seeing a train while you are pedaling your way down the Santa Fe.

11 days ago

Good running trail through town and then a bit on dirt path. Would do it again.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Rode starting from Near Santa Fe CC, moderately challenging with some great views along the way. I have never seen any type of snakes, this being a nearby trail I regularly ride to try stay in riding shape. Some spots were a bit washed out due to recent storms, but still in fair condition for mtn bike riding.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Surprised by how bike friendly the city of Santa Fe is in general, with many bike lanes and generally friendly drivers. This trail in particular is extremely well maintained and has great views of the high desert flora and fauna, nice wide flat crushed rock path, not as technically difficult as many single track hiking trails, no roots or sudden drop offs etc. 5 star ride, you will not regret it. Note that the Rabbit Road entry point has free parking and is a good starting point if you are bringing your bikes on a personal vehicle.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Asphalt paved trail. Somewhat flat. Lots of bicycles. Reasonably safe.

hiking
9 months ago

South of Avenida Eldorado, about mile 5, the trail becomes a double track. It was previously the maintenance road for the (barely) active railway, which is still used very rarely. Still a good trail since the old road is quite overgrown. I actually like it better than the wide, fast single track north of there.

Fri Sep 07 2018

I've only biked the segment between rabbit rd. and Eldorado, great trail. The first half mile or so from rabbit rd. has some ups and downs that could be a bit strenuous for beginers, after that though its pretty smooth sailing to Eldorado. Be aware of rattlesnakes, saw about a 4 footer crossing the trail yesterday.

road biking
Mon Jul 23 2018

FYI - Trail is paved from the Railyard to where it crosses Rabbit Rd, unpaved from Rabbit Rd to Eldorado. No water stops, but there is a privy at the parking lot where it crosses Rabbit Rd. Would be nice if the city put in water at the Rabbit Rd junction. :(

walking
Thu Apr 05 2018

Great trail through town. Easy to find.

walking
Thu May 25 2017

trail can easily be picked up by the Santa Fe farmers market, beautiful trail through town

recorded Santa Fe Rail Trail

hiking
26 days ago

horseback riding
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hiking
7 months ago

recorded Santa Fe Rail Trail

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Thu Nov 22 2018

running
Sun Nov 04 2018

running
Tue Aug 28 2018

hiking
Tue Feb 27 2018

mountain biking
Sun Jan 14 2018