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The New Santa Fe Regional Trail provides a scenic journey along the front range of the mountains, from Palmer Lake Recreation Area in northern El Paso County through the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The trail follows a portion of the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad line, which, heading north to south drops 1,200 feet in elevation.
The trail is popular among hikers, cyclists (hybrids or mountain bikes would be best-suited to the trail), equestrians and families out for a stroll. Along the way you'll find interpretive signs, wildlife and interesting geological features, not to mention incredible views, in particular Pikes Peak.
The trail passes through the town of Monument, where you'll find restaurants and some shops, as well as through the Air Force Academy, so don't be surprised to see jets overhead.
At the southern end of the trail at Woodmen Road, the New Santa Fe Regional Trail becomes the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.
The trail has several access points:
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