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The Santa Fe Rail Trail follows the old Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line, beginning at Santa Fe’s Railyard Park on the southwestern end of the city and continuing to Highway 285 in Lamy. The pathway parallels the Santa Fe Southern Railway, an active tourism line, in a configuration known as rail-with-trail.
Beyond the capital city, the trail makes its way through El Dorado and runs through hilly, red-dirt terrain among a beautiful landscape of yucca, junipers, and piñon trees. It’s paved for nearly 4 miles on its northern end between the Railyard and Rabbit Road. Beyond that, the surface is hard-packed dirt best suited for mountain bikes. Be especially cautious after a rainfall as the trail conditions can become muddy.
In Lamy, history buffs may want to check out the century-old depot in town. The station (at 152 Old Lamy Trail) serves Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route between Chicago and Los Angeles. Learn more about the region’s past at the nearby Lamy Railroad and History Museum.
To reach the Rabbit Road trailhead in Santa Fe, head south on S. St. Francis Drive until you pass under I-25. Take a right heading west on Rabbit Road and follow for about a half-mile until you reach the railroad tracks and a small parking lot on the left. At the southern end, outside of Lamy, the trail and railroad tracks can be picked up near Cerro Alto Road off Highway 285.
You can find other trailheads with parking at the trail intersections with Nine Mile Road, Avenida Vista Grande and Avenida Eldorado. Users can also access the trail at Spur Ranch Road, but there are no facilities.
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