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New Santa Fe Regional Trail

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 3.9 (15)

A regional access trail that parallels Interstate 25 from Palmer Lake to northern Colorado Springs.


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19.9

Miles

32.0

KM

Doubletrack

7,237' 2,206 m

High

6,199' 1,889 m

Low

1,120' 341 m

Up

89' 27 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Public access to the Air Force Academy's trails and trailheads varies and may be restricted due to the base's Force Protection conditions and other random security measures. Trail users are encouraged to recreate with a partner or in a group. Cyclists must wear a helmet.

Description

The New Santa Fe Regional Trail connects the Tri-Lakes area (Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, Monument) and northern Colorado Springs following the historic, right-of-way of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. The wide, gravel trail offers a panoramic view of the Rampart Range and Air Force Academy grounds.

Sections follow along Monument Creek and some of the best remaining riparian habitat in the region. This regional pathway largely parallels Interstate 25 and continues along an easement through the eastern portions of the Air Force Academy. Be sure to stay on the trail for the seven mile stretch that runs through the Air Force Academy.

As part of the American Discovery Trail, the New Santa Fe Trail provides access to numerous trails east and west along the corridor between Palmer Lake and Colorado Springs. You'll enjoy view of the mountains and Pikes Peak along the way.

Contacts

Land Manager: El Paso County Parks

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  3.9 from 15 votes

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Out in the middle of the USAF Academy somewhere. Great views of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range the whole way!
Apr 7, 2016 near Air For…, CO
The New Santa Fe Regional Trail is great for a family ride!
May 21, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
Santa Fe trail
Jan 3, 2018 near Gleneagle, CO
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Jan 3, 2018 near Gleneagle, CO
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Jan 3, 2018 near Gleneagle, CO

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May 5, 2021
Michael Baker
Apr 7, 2021
Ashley Glasco
First ride. Not too bad, definitely a work in progress but lots of fun 9.7mi — 1h 23m
Jul 16, 2020
Kevin Vincent
Apr 19, 2020
Jimmy Cardinal
dry, and pretty crowded 12mi — 1h 11m
Mar 18, 2020
Susan Kerkhoff
Sep 1, 2019
Alba Luz
Jun 24, 2019
Mark Ressel
5.2mi
Apr 28, 2019
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