Winding 17 miles from Palmer Lake Recreational Area to Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs, the New Santa Fe Regional Trail is its own special section of a more elaborate trail system. It passes by the foot of the Colorado mountains, offering amazing views of Pikes Peak.
Following portions of the historic Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad the trail descends an elevation of 1,200 feet going north to south. In route hikers, bikers, joggers, equestrians, and families will be treated to magnificent views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains, geological features, and wildlife.
Trail Access Points
There are a multitude of ways to enjoy the trail and all it has to offer. It’s accessible from north to south:
- Palmer Lake Recreational Area
- 3rd Street in Monument
- Baptist Road (south of Monument)
- North Gate Road (northern entrance of the AFA)
- Ice Lake Trailhead at AFA
- East Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs
Connecting at the south end to Pikes Peak Greenway Trail in Colorado Springs, travelers who yearn for a longer adventure can easily access one. From here they can continue 15 miles south to the last portion of the three-trail system, the Fountain Creek Regional Trail. It stretches close to 11 miles through the town of Fountain.
It’s recommended that bikers use mountain bikes or hybrids. Patrons note that, with the proximity to the United States Air Force Academy (AFA), it is possible to observe military jets flying overhead. The trail also meanders through the city of Monument allowing the passersby to stop for a snack or to visit shops.
Whether heading out for an all-day mountain bike ride or an after-work stroll in nature, the New Santa Fe Regional Trail has all the aspects to provide a serene experience.
Season: Year round
Length: 17 miles one-way