Santa Fe Rail Trail - Trail, Santa Fe, Mexico

Santa Fe Rail Trail - Trail, Santa Fe, Mexico

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USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 10, 2009]
Tkot de Chaquaco
Weekend Warrior

Alright, I live in SF, but I just got into cycling again (I used to bike all the time, then I outgrew my bike, and finally got a new one a few months ago). What I'm doing is XC Mountain Biking. So, let me just say that this trail runs parallel to the railroad tracks from around the Cerillos Rd./St. Francis Rd. intersection close to downtown, all the way to the town of Lamy. Up untill you leave town, the trail is paved, but once you go under I25 it becomes hard packed dirt trail. Now, I am a beginner to Mountain Biking, but not a beginner to cycling. So, to me, I found this trail challenging so that it was fun and I got a good workout and got a nice sweat going, but not so hard that I came home bruised and bleeding. Just bruised ;). Just kidding. Oh, and the part about it being kinda challenging, that was for the dirt part of the trail. Not the paved part. To describe the trail, it goes from beginner to intermediate back to beginner/intermediate. Paved section is beginner. Dirt section just after the interstate is intermediate; plenty of fun ups and downs and jumps. Then it goes to somewhere in the between the two, where there are some nice flat sections and some nice little challenges to keep you focused. There are plans to pave the entire trail all the way to Lamy, which would be a crying shame, because there would be one less awesome XC Mountain Biker friendly trail out there.

Customer Service

I started by getting onto the rail trail at Second Street, and using the paved section to get warmed up. Then, just keep going as far as you feel like (getting to mile marker 13 and back will give you a 15 mile ride. 2.5 miles from Second St. to the end of the pavement, and a further 5 to mm 13). Plently of places to stop for food on the way back if you do an evening ride and feel peckish when you make it back into town.

Similar Products Used:

None, as I say, I just started biking again.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 20, 2007]
stxnstones
Cross Country Rider

Hard packed trail with some nice curving rollers, some sandy arroyos and few minimally rocky ascents/descents. Great if you want to ride fast. Slow riding allows you to see all the great wildlife! Beautiful at sunrise or sunset.

Customer Service

Start at Rabbit Road, head south to Lamy and back. Two to three hour ride at moderate pace. Take Camelback and food.

Similar Products Used:

Dale Ball system.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 19, 2007]
Marilyn Clark
Weekend Warrior

Began at the 14 mm on Old Agua Fria Rd,as recommended on the website. The trail rapidly disappeared due to a new housing development having been built over the RR grade. However, we did find a dirt track that paralleled the "official" trail, and we took that south to mm 7. The trail began with steep hills and it appeared quite unmaintained. I hated it, my partner loved it. After a couple miles, the trail improved and I could negotiate the hills with no problems. Scenery is great, even witnessed a gopher snake raiding one of the many bird boxes mounted on the fenceposts along the trail. I ended up loving the trail, too. It was just annoying to have to try to actually locate it!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 19, 2007]
Marilyn Clark
Weekend Warrior

Began at the 14 mm on Old Agua Fria Rd,as recommended on the website. The trail rapidly disappeared due to a new housing development having been built over the RR grade. However, we did find a dirt track that paralleled the "official" trail, and we took that south to mm 7. The trail began with steep hills and it appeared quite unmaintained. I hated it, my partner loved it. After a couple miles, the trail improved and I could negotiate the hills with no problems. Scenery is great, even witnessed a gopher snake raiding one of the many bird boxes mounted on the fenceposts along the trail. I ended up loving the trail, too. It was just annoying to have to try to actually locate it!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 03, 2006]
softtail
Cross Country Rider

The entrance sign said no motor vehicles allowed, however the trail appeared to be very well “groomed” by quads. The trail runs along the train tracks which universally never have more than a 3% grade, so don’t expect any climbing.

Very little single track and more like a two lane highway. This trail would be a real hoot with a cyclo-cross bike or a ridged single speed. It’s fast and flat with great scenery and rolling hills.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 25, 2000]
DANNY KING

HAVE FUN AND BE CAREFUL AND ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET

Customer Service

JUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OR E-MAIL ME I AM TRYING TO CREATE A GROUP OF RIDERS FOR THIS TRAIL.

Similar Products Used:

ARROYO DE LOS CHAMISOS TRAIL

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 24, 2001]
Pat Brown

This trail has some fun technical areas at the arroyos. Most of the trail is winding and an opportunity to air it out on the straights. Before you know it you are in Eldorado. Continue South to Lamy for a second turn around. Good for all levels of riders.

Customer Service

Begin at the paved parking at Zia Rd. west of St. Francis. Go South under the I-25 to Old Agua Fria Rd. Cross and continue South.

Similar Products Used:

Try the trails around the St. Johns College. Some are out and back with high ratings and loops.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 21, 2002]
Tom Rael

Start from the pub and go away from second street on the little trail that is parallel to the tracks. You will have to cross a couple of semi-busy streets, but the visability is good. Hook up with the paved trail and go left until it ends at a parking area. Cross the street by way of the tracks and keep going. After this it should be easy to see your route. This is an out and back trail that ends at a four lane highway near the small town of Lamy. It's worth riding the highway (go right) into the town and to the train depot to fill your water bottles and just chill under the cotton woods. Total ride time can be anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours. The things I like best about this trial is the fact that you can ride it almost all year and that even if your an advanced rider it is still a great time. The scenery is fantanstic and in June the "cholla" cactus are in full bloom with spectacular pink flowers.

Customer Service

Park your car on the dirt section near the tracks at Second Street Brewery, but make sure to buy a pint or take home a growller after the ride (good brew).

Similar Products Used:

Dale Ball, Winsor, and Dorthy Stewart to Dale Ball

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 30, 2002]
Glenn

I ride the northern 2/3 of this trail 2-4 times
per week. It's an easy trail with 2-4 short steep
climbs out of arroyos. This trail is great practice for inexperienced riders. It's fun for experienced riders to ride this trail fast but slow down for the hikers you are sure to pass along the way. There's a 2 mile section of single track on the west side of the tracks 2 miles north of Eldorado that's especially fun as you ride South.

My favorite part is the wide open (but not for long) ranch land between Eldorado & Arroyo Hondo. This is
a great place to be during sunset.

Customer Service

Park at the Public Lands Information Center on Rodeo
Rd. Ride South along the tracks up to 14 miles.
Turn around whenever you want but the best view is
at the end. You might enjoy riding the additional
1.5 mile down to Lamy to see the old train depot,
schoolhouse, and church. Climbing back up Lamy hill is a butt-breaker though.

Similar Products Used:

Dale Ball trail system, Apache Canyon Loop, Guaje Ridge Trail in Los Alamos

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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