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Santa Fe River – Rail Trails Hike
In Santa Fe Region

Map File Source: DeLorme

map Hike Key: H10645
Last Updated: 03/07/2021 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: B (Moderate)
Hike Distance: 6.7 mi
Minimum Elevation: 6820 ft
Elevation Change: 145 ft
Total Uphill: 200 ft
Total Downhill: 300 ft
Avg. Grade: %
Route Type: Messy
On Trail: Yes
Paved or Gravel Roads: Yes
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 126 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 2:15
Hiking Seasons: Spring, Fall, and Winter
New Mexico Game Unit: 44
Hike Status: In Process


Hike parts of two major bike trails in Santa Fe.



Trailhead Directions

We will take the 9:44 AM train from the Montano Rail Runner station in Albuquerque to the Santa Fe Railyards station, the final stop in Santa Fe (assemble at the kiosk). Round trip fare is $7 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or on the train. If another Rail Runner station works better for you, that’s OK, but let the hike leader know (you must arrive at the Santa Fe Depot by 11:16 AM to participate in the hike). There is parking available at all stations but not so great in downtown Albuquerque.

For the return trip, the Rail Runner leaves the Santa Fe Depot at 4:15 PM. Arrival will be late — 5:39 PM at Montano Station.

Actual Hike

From the Railyards station, go north on Montezuma until you reach the River Trail. Continue west on the River Trail to Frenchy’s Field. There is a restroom accessible from the road but it is up the hill about 500 yards from the current end point of the River Trail. Return to the Railyards area for lunch at the 2nd Street Brewery (6.1 miles). After lunch, return to Albuquerque on the 4:15 PM train from the Santa Fe Depot.


An article was written about our hikers on this hike in the Rio Metro Metro Spotlight.

Map Filename: SantaFeRiver-RailTrailsMap_MW.jpg
Hike GPS File Name: SantaFeRiver-RailTrails.gpx
Hike GPS File: Click link to download hike waytrack file

Text Author: Cathy Intemann
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author: Marilyn Warrant
Track Author: Marilyn Warrant
Maintainer: Cathy Intemann
Editor: Howard Carr