Santa Fe Companion Trail For Mountain Biking

The 7th most popular mountain bike trail in Kansas.

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North of Elkhart in Cimarron National Grasslands, the Santa Fe Companion Trail is a 19 mile one-way mountain biking route. The eastern terminus of the Companion Trail is the Conestoga Trailhead located 3 miles east of the Wilburton Crossing on FS 600 (FS 600 parallels the Cimarron River to the north side), then 2 miles north. Western terminus is the Murphy trailhead, about 7 miles west of highway 27 on FS 600.

To reach mountain biking at the trailhead, head north of Elkhart on highway 27, cross the Cimarron River bridge and take the first gravel road east (FS 600, a right turn if you are heading north). Continue 7 miles east to Wilburton Crossing, go another 3 miles east, then north 2 miles to the Conestoga Trailhead. A gravel parking lot accommodates passenger vehicles and vehicles with trailers.

To reach the Murphy trailhead, take FS 600 west where it crosses highway 27. Follow for approximately 7 miles the trailhead is on the north side of FS 600.

Overall, Santa Fe Companion Trail is the 7th most popular mountain bike trail of all 10 mountain biking rides in Kansas.


Local Contact(s):  CNG (620) 697-4621; Kansas Tourism (800) 252-6727; Local Tourism (620) 697-4600.

Best Season:  Mar. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Cimmarron Recreation Area

Luxury Loding:  Cimarron B&B, Elkhart (580) 696-4672

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.2066, -101.7194

Date Published:  5/17/2016

Date Updated:  3/31/2018

ID:  15434


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