This next installment of our summer bike rides series concerns a trip my wife and I had been planning to Pueblo all summer. A couple weekends ago, suddenly realizing we were running out of time, we just decided to do it with a friend visiting from New York. We’d heard from friends in roughly the same physical condition as ourselves who’d gone there (to North Pueblo) and back in a day (more impressive than we initially thought) that you could follow Fountain Creek along the New Santa Fe Trail all the way there. Seemed like a nice Sunday afternoon ride on a slight downhill grade (we had arranged to be picked up in Pueblo, of course!). Well, it didn’t exactly work out that way. But we almost made it, and saw a thing or two along the way.

If you’re planning on making the trip, you may want to do a bit of research starting with this handy map of the Santa Fe Trail that you can download HERE. Keep in mind that if you do try to follow that creek you may risk trespassing and/or need to be prepared to do a fair amount of scouting. Otherwise, consulting the satellite view of Google Maps for road routes is highly advisable! That said, we highly recommend the ride to the Fountain Creek Nature Center in Fountain and back!

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10 Responses to A Long Day's Journey Into Pueblo, Almost

  1. jessica says:

    nice story, i rode old pueblo all the way from the springs and ended up sinking into the gravel on hanover and turned back, definitely worth the scenery down through and past fountain though…i think the wind is ubiquidous at all times down there
    i hope your next investigation would be why the sante fe trail smells like an old port-a-potty(poo mixed with “freshener”) south of the cimmeron underpass and north of the trail/bridge that intersects and goes to 8th street. i honestly dont think its the bum encampments but has something to do with the power plant and something they are trying to cover up in the creek water. pretty foul though, keeps me off that section of trail
    excellent journey though!

  2. Joyce Eckler says:

    That was a great narrative Noel ending with a good meal in a Mexican Restaurant. I haven’t been to Pueblo but I can understand the fatigue fighting the heat and windy conditions and dehydration issues. Good for you, Marina and Ursen for challenging yourselves.

  3. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    mmm… hossenfeffer!

  4. Marina Eckler says:

    That smell, Jessica, is the sewage plant on Las Vegas, which, on a hot day, gets ripe!

  5. jessica says:

    yuck, for even worse reasons then i can imagine you are correct

    “Use of treated sewage plant effluent in Power plants
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    Colorado Springs Utilities, Drake. Station. Treated sewage plant effluent from the City of Colorado Springs is used as cooling tower makeup at the …

    pretty much cant pull up this article but i get the jist….
    and they say la has shitty air quality

  6. Kit says:

    As one of the friends mentioned in this piece, I want to add that there was another rider along as well for more than half the distance traveled by bicycle, and it bears mention as well that the other person was only 8 years old–and he did great! (Don’t worry, PETA, we mailed him home before the water began to run out.)

    It’s a great ride for persons of any age.

  7. Lynne says:

    I grew up riding the river trail in Pueblo for fun in 104 degree heat, and that was in the day before camelbacks and even decent water bottles. I sure couldn’t do it now. I admire your attempt to make the “commute” by bike – way to go Ursen! I do need to educate you all on good Pueblo Mexican food, though. The Mill Stop or Jorge’s are the real thing, and Cactus Flower on the north end of town is “authentic Pueblo” too. For a preview of Jorge’s go to the old Henry’s in OCC.(I think its cheaper at the original, though) Pueblo natives are very persnickety in our estimation of what “good Mexican” is. I’ll take you on a tour down there sometime!

  8. Noel Black says:

    Mi Pueblito is authentic! Try it if you haven’t. It’s on the corner of Northern and Routt.

  9. Mindy says:

    Very Cool! I live in Pueblo and would like to try this the opposite way someday.

  10. Hal says:

    The trail changes names at least four times down its length — It’s Greenland-something from Palmer Lake to Greenland, New Santa Fe from Woodmen to Palmer Lake, Pikes Peak Greenway Trail in the center of town, and Fountain Creek Regional Trail on the south side. I’ve never tried to get south of Fountain. If you find a more southern leg, please post it. I recommend the northerly route from Monument to Greenland, although it turns into mostly single track north of Palmer lake. Still a nice ride, particularly when the weather cools off a bit. I’ve done most of it on my single speed (courtesy of Brian G.), although the Greenland leg gets you up out of the saddle in sections.


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