The 14-mile portion of the trail follows the abandoned Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way. The gravel surface regional trail generally follows a straight and level course for the first 6.5 miles beginning at Palmer Lake. An easement agreement by the U.S. Air Force Academy provides a crucial 6.9 mile stretch of this trail. Trail users must not go off the six-foot wide trail surface as it passes through the Academy. Bicyclists must wear helmets.
The New Santa Fe Regional Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail. The American Hiking Society has been developing a multi-use hiking trail. It connects several of our nation’s principal north-south trails and many local and regional trails, and includes over 800 miles of trails in Colorado, the most of any state. A portion of the ADT follows El Paso County’s New Santa Fe Regional Trail. For further information on the American Discovery Trail Society, call 1-800-851-3442