Travel Facts for the Santa Fe
"Straying from the Santa Fe Rail Trail with my bicycle at my side, I stood in the middle of the railroad tracks, high on an 1880s wooden
trestle. Just minutes ago, I'd been riding a newly paved section of this rail-with-trail inside the city
limits of Santa Fe, N.M., passing the bright murals and colorful graffiti that are part of the city's vibrant artistic heritage. Now I marveled at the simple beauty of the high desert landscape laid out before me..."
Read the rest of Kory Kilmer's feature from the Winter 2011 issue of Rails to Trails magazine, and check out the Travel Facts below to help plan your Santa Fe getaway.
The major airport nearest the Santa Fe Rail Trail is in Albuquerque, about an hour south of Santa Fe. Though a drive up Interstate 25 is the most time-efficient route to reach Santa Fe, a free shuttle will take visitors from the Albuquerque International Sunport to the Downtown Albuquerque Station, where they can catch a ride on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. One-way tickets from Albuquerque to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner Express are $5; discounts are available to senior citizens and students. For information, including schedules, visit www.nmrailrunner.com or call 1.866.795.RAIL (7245).
There is no formal trailhead for the Santa Fe Rail Trail. On the north side, many prefer to start at the Santa Fe rail yard in the heart of the city and follow the tracks south about a half-mile to Capitol Station, where the formal paved trail begins. From I-25, merge on St. Francis Drive North at exit 282B in Santa Fe. Just short of four miles, take a left on Cerillos Road. The rail yard will be visible about a half-mile down on your left. Look for parking meters.
Fat-tire purists may opt to head straight to the dirt track that begins off Rabbit Road at the I-25 overpass. From I-25, merge on St. Francis Drive South at exit 282A. Take a right onto Rabbit Road, which will appear quickly, and follow it to the rail-trail parking lot on the left side about a half-mile south.
For the south part of the trail, leave I-25 and merge onto Highway 285 South toward Clines Corners. An informal parking area has been created by trail users on the north side of the highway about five miles south, where it intersects with the Santa Fe Railway Line. About 6.5 miles south of the interstate, turn left onto County Road 33. Go 1.5 miles to the Lamy Depot, where parking is available.
Bike Rentals and Services
Santa Fe Mountain Sports (505.988.3337) has the best selection of mountain bikes in town. Bikes can be rented for a half (4.5 hours) or full day (24 hours). Multi-day discounts are available.
For last-minute equipment and repairs, there is an REI store (505.982.3557) directly across the railroad tracks from the Santa Fe Depot in the Santa Fe rail yard.