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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. A traditional rail-trail on its northern end, its paved for nearly 4 miles between the Railyard and Rabbit Road. Beyond that, the surface is hard-packed dirt and significant elevation change 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.
Parking is available at several points along the trail, including at the southern end of the trail along Hwy 285. See TrailLink Map for more information.
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