May 11, 2013
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.