Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Santa Fe River - Rail Trails Hike
In Santa Fe Region

Hike Id H10645
Last Update 2019-05-28 21:24:31.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 6.7
Minimum Elevation 6820
Elevation Gain 145
Total Uphill 200
Total Downhill 300
Route Type Messy
Drive Miles Round Trip 126
Drive Time Oneway 2:16
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 44
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights 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 optional hike is to hike only to Ray Griego Park and back to the depot (3.1 total miles). Then, hikers can have lunch and hike to the Zia Station where the train departs at 4:27. There is no dedicated trail between the Santa Fe Depot and the Capitol Station and requires crossing both St. Francis and Cerillos Roads. The trail does start at the South Capitol Station. This basically follows the Railrunner tracks.

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