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Level: Easiest
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Greenway
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +501/451 ft
Total: 175 riders
 

Mountain Biking Santa Fe Trail

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#1160 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#11735 in the world

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.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Numerous parking areas for this trail. 1. Take Woodmen Rd. West from I-25. After the first bridge over the creek, turn right into the parking lot. The trail goes north or south from here. 2. Access from the Air Force Academy is also possible via the north and south entrances.
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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.
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.

Q: As of May 2016 the gates are shut with signs saying closed for security, closed indefinitely.
A: Gates are now open don't wear a turbine you won't have any issues.

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  • procto2000
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    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

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter

    Nice resource for families and kids. I sometimes use it if I am riding home from a day of riding on Pikes Peak somewhere.

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  • CO_Mike
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    Boring from a technical perspective but good for mileage and some nice vistas.

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  • ryguy79
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    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.

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  • Jeff Barber
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    Wide and smooth but hey, it's dirt! Travel all the way from town up to the AF Academy off road!

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  • cha-cha
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    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.

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  • ~Mountain Bike Addict~
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    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.

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  • ~Mountain Bike Addict~
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    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.

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  • SB27rider
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    I did some of this trail today. It had good scenery, and was pretty fun, though very easy. What was annoying was the sand all over the place.

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  • mr29er
    *****

    Fun, Nice scenery, good trail to take girlfriend for bike ride together.

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  • Railbiker
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    A good ride. Lacks excitement, but has scenery to make up for (North of Woodmen)

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  • John Fisch   ✓ supporter
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    Good fitness ride, but this is not mountain biking, even for novices. Scenery is nice (to the West), but you're right next to I-25 much of the time.

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  • pukalani13
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    This trail is a great one to do 2 or 3 times a week just for fitness ,,I ride it to palmer lake and back,,,its great!!!LOVE IT!!You really gotta be goofin off to get yourself hurt on this one ..great for beginners

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  • wjacobsen
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    Great beginner trail. Long epic rides. Can be started at many points. Start at North Gate of Air Force Academy and ride to Monument is slightly up hill and about 6 miles. You could continue on to Palmer Lake, another 4 miles for a total of 20 miles round trip( coming back is slight down hill.) This is the least technical ride. To add more technical Ride South from the N. Gate of AA to Woodmen (Colorado Springs) Its here that it becomes the Pike Peaks Greenway trail. Its about 10 miles with a couple of minor technical challanges.
    Bring plenty of water. Have Fun.* Review edited 7/16/2007

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  • teamfreak16
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    This is a cool early-season training ride, as well as a great place to take newbies. Not at all technical, not too challenging exhertion-wise, but it enables you to get in some quality mileage while checking out fantastic scenery.

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  • utedude
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    Great family trail that is a great place to get some beginner off road miles on your bike. Pretty scenic also. Basically, not a thrill ride but a superb trail for what it is.

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  • Bombardier
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    This trail stretches from Denver to Pueblo... And in Colorado Springs it's mostly wide & smooth, with some really annoying patches of peastone and sand. Occasionally, there are small BMX pump-tracks and moto-tracks off to the side of the main trail, but none of them are really worthy of a detour. Heading south, the river become wider and the trail more hilly, and there are plenty of opportunities to watch those little rodents called prairie dogs.

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  • mkaminski
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    Great trail for beginners or people looking to get in shape without killing themselves. Mostly flat with some short hills and beautiful scenery.

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