Santa Fe Trail

2.79 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is also known as the Pikes Peak Greenway. This is a nice wide multi-use trail that extends north from the Fountain Creek Nature Center to Palmer Lake. The trail is smooth and wide with some sandy sections. It is a great place to ride with the family or take a nice long training ride. The scenery is great, especially through the Air Force academy. Watch for joggers and walkers though as this trail is widely used by all types of recreators.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: I plan to ride my road bike on the trail from Baptist Road to the trailhead at Costco so that I can make it up to UCCS. Can I get away with my road tires or should I go with some light treads? I would like to avoid some cyclocross tires if possible. -jpromee

A: Most of the trail is fairly smooth, but some sections may be a bit too rough for straight road tires as none of it is paved.

CO_Mike answered on August 9, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: As of May 2016 the gates are shut with signs saying closed for security, closed indefinitely. -Jeff Barber

A: Gates are now open don't wear a turbine you won't have any issues.

camelkicker answered on June 19, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Reviews (26)

Granny Gear

May 14, 2018
procto2000 Granny Gear  
Review: Starting from Woodman Rd, its a very pretty double track trail heading north. Its perfect for beginning mountain bikers to get a feel for their bikes and build endurance. No technical difficulty, just a nice long beautiful ride with amazing vistas. I'm experienced, my fiance is not. First ride in Black Forset, second ride here for her, she had a great ride. We'll run this more in the future as we progress to more challenging runs. Locals use for general fitness. If you appreciate this trail for what you expect its 4/5. If youre expecting an amazing trail you'd drive a thousand miles for you, you'd be disappointed. In essence it should be a regular run for a new biker, J


February 14, 2018
mongwolf Epic  
Review: Nice resource for families and kids. I sometimes use it if I am riding home from a day of riding on Pikes Peak somewhere.

Bunny Hop

August 9, 2017
CO_Mike Bunny Hop  
Review: Boring from a technical perspective but good for mileage and some nice vistas.

Bunny Hop

June 27, 2016
ryguy79 Bunny Hop  
Review: Its not mountain biking. Rating as such is pointless. To me its great when I just want to put miles on my gravel bike without worrying about cars and enjoy some decent scenery. For that purpose, this trail excels.

April 29, 2015
Review: It was the best trail ever!

World Champ

December 23, 2014
Review: Wide and smooth but hey, it's dirt! Travel all the way from town up to the AF Academy off road!


April 3, 2014
cha-cha Gramcounter  
Review: I've been doing some raptor work along the southern part of the trail towards Fountain. They are working on laying some road base just before the Circle Dr. overpass. The trail is closed from Dorchester Park to El Pomar soccer fields. Lots of wildlife and less traffic as you head south.


March 22, 2014
Review: Minimal elevation change with 6' wide tread. Has long straight stretches that stay windy. You're next to the highway, if the wind shifts, you get a facefull of exhaust. Has a lot of sandy spots that need maintenance. Only ride to get mileage in a short amount of time. No skill level required.


February 4, 2014
Review: It's an ok trail that is about six feet wide 90% of the time with sandy spots. Only go when the wind is calm, otherwise it'll be no fun. It's so flat it feels like a road ride. It does get boring.


November 13, 2013
campire Gramcounter  
Review: Relaxing.

Santa Fe Trail MTB Trail 2.79 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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