Rail Trail

Rail Trail
map courtesy of Travel Bug

Total Length:     15 miles (3.5 paved, 11.5 dirt)

Hiking/Running:     Yes

Bicycling:     Yes

Equestrian:     No

Motorized Vehicles:     No

Dog Friendly?     Yes

Description

Running parallel to the rail line that passes into Santa Fe, the Rail Trail is a paved, multi-use commuter trail from the Santa Fe Railyard to the outskirts of town at Rabbit Road. The trail continues unpaved along the tracks out of town, up to highway 285 near Lamy, where the rail spur meets up with the main Atcheson, Topeka & Santa Fe Rail Line. The trail had been an informal trail for quite some time; the paving and widening of the trail within the city limits was completed in 2010, in order to bring it up to AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) standards, as well as make it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. The Rail Trail plays a critical role in the “Santa Fe Metropolitan Transportation Plan” which aims to complete a city-wide network of high quality trails for bicyclists and pedestrians.