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Monument, CO - 10 Great Things to Do, Part 6

Monument, CO - 10 Great Things to Do, Part 6Santa Fe Trail

Part 6 of 10

One of the really nice features that local government has put in place is the Santa Fe Trail Walking and Biking Path. The path, named after the old commerce trail runs through Colorado along Interstate Highway 25. In most places, the path is west of the highway by about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile. But, can dip below the highway, as it crossed to the east side.

The original Santa Fe Trail ran from the ranches in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the meat markets in Missouri. Over 1200 miles, crossing the Mississippi river, and traveling through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. It was an important trade route for the natives, military, traders, settlers, and ranchers driving their cattle to market. It was heavily used until the railroads came in around 1881.

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The walking path through Colorado, named The Santa Fe Trail runs 17 miles through El Paso County, encompassing the cities of Colorado Springs, Monument, and Palmer Lake. There are parking lots all along the trail, making it easy to enter and exit. The trail is heavily used by walkers and bikers, too. It's mostly flat, very wide, and all gravel. It runs through the United State Air Force Academy, so while on that property, you'll need to carry identification.

The Santa Fe Trail Walking and Biking Path runs through a variety of scenic topography. In Monument, it's close to the downtown area, and many street intersect it. In Palmer Lake, the trail runs past the lake in Palmer Lake. (Yes, there really is a lake in Palmer Lake!) In Colorado Springs, the trail follows Monument Creek through the middle of the downtown area.

So, whether you're a walker or a biker, check out the Santa Fe Trail. And don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and your ID.

Santa Fe Walking Trail


Marianne Snygg, GRI, ABR, ASP
Broker Associate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

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Colorado Springs and Monument Real Estate

Comment balloon 7 commentsMarianne Snygg • August 24 2009 03:28PM


Hi Marianne, How fun to walk the Santa Fe Trail with all of that history! Very nice post, thank you for the info!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 10 years ago

You're back! I didn't know the Santa Fe trail came this close to us, we'll have to add it to our hiking trails list...too bad you have been missing, your posts would have fit into the series event that AR is running! Maybe next time...

Posted by c m about 10 years ago

Marianne, We loved hiking when we lived in Colorado.  I have precious memories of us running between our children.  Our daught would run way ahead and our son would be trailing along smelling the flowers.  She is still intense and he is still laid back.  They are now young adults.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Tell me more, Cheryl. It might not be too late to get a couple thousand points! The Santa Fe trail is really pretty along the Academy area. You can park at the north gate entrance and walk north...or south. I think north is prettier. Then come into downtown Monument, right behind the Post Office and go north to Palmer Lake.

Hi Mary, it really is cool. I think it best taken in on bicycle. That way you can see more of it. Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Marchel, how cool. Children and their traits are visible while young and stay with them even as they grow older. Colorado has wonderful trails. One I'll never attempt is the Bar Trail up to Pikes Peak. Did you all ever try that one? I know it's been around longer than the Santa Fe Trail.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 10 years ago

AR Bob is running a "series challenge". 3 or more posts in a themed series, posted 1 every 2 days ending the 24th...

Posted by c m about 10 years ago

Yup, too late.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 10 years ago

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