The 14 mile portion of the trail follows the abandoned Atkinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way. The gravel surfaced regional trail generally follows a straight and level course fo 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. The American Discovery Trail connects several of our nations' principal north-south trails and many local and regional trails. The American Discovery Trail 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
El Paso County is establishing a Trails Watch Group to enhance trail safety and security on the
New Santa Fe Regional Trail section through the Air Force Academy.
Members of the Watch Group will operate under the following guidelines:
1. Do not confront a suspicious person.
2. Report any suspicious activity to the Air Force Academy Security Office – 719-333-2000.
3. When contacting the Air Force Academy Security Office, please be prepared to report the
description, current location, and direction of travel of the suspicious person.
4. In case of emergency, call 911.
If you are interested in serving on the Trails Watch Group, please contact Tim Wolken at