Santa Fe Rail Trail

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SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
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3.25 out of 5
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Easiest
12.0
miles

Other
↑ 900 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
6,862
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Very doable as an out-and-back, this trails is a relatively flat mix of dirt singletrack, doubletrack, and a few
gravel and rocky sections. It is very rideable for all experience levels, and follows an infrequently used railroad
line, crossing back and forth over it a few times. There are many splits in the trail, but they are never more
than .1 miles or so, and are either the same difficulty or very obviously up a steep hill and back down. A
mountain bike is recommended, but you could get away with riding a cyclocross bike.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (4)
 

Bunny Hop


May 21, 2016
cuervo Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Starting at Santa Fe community college, it's a mild climb up to the RR tracks. But, the reward is a fast return with lots of curves to practice cornering technique in loose gravel.

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Epic


May 11, 2013
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: While it's not exactly a rail trail (the trail does not sit on an abandoned railroad bed, but rather parallels an existing railroad), it is very rail-trial-like, especially for the first mile and a half (starting from the trailhead in town on Rabbit Road), which is semi-truck wide and groomed to perfection. After that, there's mostly doubletrack and even a little singletrack. By not being on the railroad bed with its bridges and built up platforms to keep it flat, there's lots of ups and downs through all the coulees. There are often junipers blocking line of sight, so you can't always just open it up for fear of hikers or oncoming traffic. There's nothing technical at all along this trail's entire length. The best use of this trail is to put on lots of miles. The ultimate outing is to ride the full distance down to Galisteo Basin Preserve, jam on the singletrack there, and ride back for epic distance without epic technicality.

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Epic


May 11, 2013
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: erroneous duplicate

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Doubletrack


August 26, 2009
ckdake Doubletrack  
 
Review: As easy or as hard as you want it to be. I kept the pace pretty slow and this was a great way to move my legs a bit on days between mountain biking with a lot more climbing. It lacks any technical challenges, but its dirt and super close to downtown Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Rail Trail MTB Trail 3.25 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
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