The Santa Fe Rail Trail is a handy, centrally located commuter trail in Santa Fe. The Rails-to-Trails path follows the tracks along the modern Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway headed south of the city. It’s paved for 5.1 miles from the downtown terminus at Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner Station off S Guadalupe. to the Rabbit Rd. trailhead just south of I-25. It’s not the most scenic run ever, but a good option to rack up some off-road miles. Note: It’s mainly downhill headed south of downtown, losing nearly 1,000 feet over the 5.1 miles to Rabbit Rd.
Spur Option: At Siringo Rd. (4.3 mile mark on our map). a paved spur of the Rail Trail, also known as the Arroyo de Los Chamisos Urban Trail, heads west for 3.5 miles to Villa Linda Park.
Longer Run: The Rail Trail continues south of Rabbit Rd. for another 11.7 miles to Highway 285 near Lamy. Note this section is unpaved, more rugged, and can be sandy. It’s more of a trail run.
Add-On: Just north of the Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner Station trailhead, join the Sante Fe River Trail, which heads west for 3.7 miles.
- Main paved trail is 5.1 miles one-way from downtown to Rabbit Rd. Continues unpaved for another 11.7 miles. Western spur is 3.5 miles.
- Mainly downhill headed south
- North: Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner Station; South: Rabbit Road Trailhead
- There is parking at the Rabbit Road Trailhead. The South Capitol Street Shuttle picks up and drops off close to each trailhead.