|The Pistol - out rippin' miles like a boss|
The Rail Trail is a genuine classic, holding title as the oldest of our in-town trails. It predates the Arroyo Chamisos Trail (footpaths before the trail was put in), by several years if not longer. As such, it stood as the template for the many trails that have come afterward including Arroyo Chamisos (1997), Dale Ball (2001), and eventually the Santa Fe River and Acequia Trails. The Winsor, Borrego, and Atalaya trails are much older, but they traverse the foothills and high county and share a pastoral history that generally belongs in an all together different class of trail systems.
Thirty years ago the Rail Trail was primarily an ad-hoc route that followed along the Santa Fe Rail Line from Arroyo Hondo and Sunlit Hills up to the city limits. Eldorado was just being built out then and Lamy was a as sparsely populated as it is now. An adventurous friend I knew in high school would occasionally bike in along the rail line all the way from Glorieta, (he also happened to be a state champion runner). But things changed for the better in 1994 when Stewart Udall and the newly formed Santa Fe Conservation Trust stepped in and secured the land in trust, and with some federal funding that they cobbled together they were able to build out a few re-routes and development of actual sections of trail separate from the railbed cobbles and rail-ties.
|New trail improvements include a planed surface and significant erosion control - Fall 2012|
|Rock work and an newly elevated section near the tracks - Fall 2012|
|Looking north at the newly elevated path. It's completed now. |
Note the snow in the highcountry when the photo was taken.
|Cadillac pedestrian crossing out in BFE|
|Old signage. True story - I probably ran out a couple hundred miles on the Rail Trail |
before someone pointed these mile markers out to me. Just never noticed them I guess.
Now get out there and make it happen. Explore your trails.
|Miles 6, 7, and 8 - on any given summer evening on the Rail Trail.|
- Rail Trail Improvements Update (Sep 2015)
- Train Trestle Loop
- Cycling the Rail Trail - Zia Rd to Nine Mile Rd'
- Luminaries on the Rail Trail
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