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New Santa Fe Regional Trail

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 3.4 (5)

A regional access trail that parallels Interstate 25 from Palmer Lake to northern Colorado Springs.


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19.9

Miles

32.0

KM

100%

Runnable

7,237' 2,206 m

High

6,199' 1,889 m

Low

1,120' 341 m

Up

89' 27 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Public access to the Air Force Academy's trails and trailheads varies and may be restricted due to the base's Force Protection conditions and other random security measures. Trail users are encouraged to recreate with a partner or in a group. Cyclists must wear a helmet.

Description

The New Santa Fe Regional Trail connects the Tri-Lakes area (Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, Monument) and northern Colorado Springs following the historic, right-of-way of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. The wide, gravel trail offers a panoramic view of the Rampart Range and Air Force Academy grounds.

Sections follow along Monument Creek and some of the best remaining riparian habitat in the region. This regional pathway largely parallels Interstate 25 and continues along an easement through the eastern portions of the Air Force Academy. Be sure to stay on the trail for the seven mile stretch that runs through the Air Force Academy.

As part of the American Discovery Trail, the New Santa Fe Trail provides access to numerous trails east and west along the corridor between Palmer Lake and Colorado Springs. You'll enjoy view of the mountains and Pikes Peak along the way.

Contacts

Land Manager: El Paso County Parks

Shared By:

Brian Mihlbachler

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Aug 14,1909 there was a head on collision involving a north and south bound train at this site. The remains are still there.
Aug 22, 2016 near Air For…, CO
Scenic run along the creek
Jan 11, 2020 near Air For…, CO

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Sep 14, 2019
Jeff Boutwell
14mi — 2h 10m
Feb 10, 2018
Rich Price
Nov 12, 2017
Ned R
Nice packed dirt trail 5.2mi