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The Colorado Trail Foundation

Trail Crew VolunteersWe care for The Colorado Trail. The Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF) is the organization that keeps the Trail in good condition. We organize the Volunteers who built The Colorado Trail and who continue to improve and maintain it. CTF Trail Crews are weekend to week-long summer Trail work efforts with a team of around twenty volunteers accomplishing Trail improvements. Adopt-A-Trail is our program where Volunteer Adopters and Helpers do annual maintenance on a particular segment. The Colorado Trail Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded almost entirely by private contributions. Our “Friends” are the giving people who volunteer and/or contribute.

Welcome to The Colorado Trail

Climbing to Blackhawk Pass in Segment 26 . . .
The Colorado Trail is a spectacular adventure.
Photo by Nate Hebenstreit

The CT at Segment 26

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The Colorado Trail is Colorado’s premier long distance trail. Stretching almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango, it travels through the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains amongst peaks with lakes, creeks and diverse ecosystems. Trail users experience six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges topping out at 13,271 feet, just below Coney Summit at 13,334 feet. The average elevation is over 10,300 feet and it rises and falls dramatically. Users traveling from Denver to Durango will climb 89,354 feet.

Trail enthusiasts include hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers, many of whom report that they love the Trail.

Be a Volunteer

Trail Crew volunteers help maintain the Trail.Volunteers built The Colorado Trail and continue to improve and maintain it. They have fun. Volunteers enjoy the teamwork, the outdoors, the sense of accomplishment, and the social atmosphere around camp. They like meeting the other interesting and good people who choose to care for the Trail. Volunteers are the life-blood of The Colorado Trail Foundation and we could not sustain the Trail without Volunteers. Why not join us for a volunteer vacation and help us to care for The Colorado Trail?

Contribute and Help Sustain The Colorado Trail

Supporters of The Colorado TrailOrganizing the Trail care takes money and CTF funding comes almost entirely through private donations. The Colorado Trail Foundation could sure use your help as a contributor. The CTF needs funding for the trail work and supporting tasks including volunteer food and equipment, publications to spread the word, signs and bridges, insurance, office expenses, and even for thank you's for our many Volunteers. Please consider making a contribution; we need and appreciate your support. Contributions are essential to sustaining The Colorado Trail - and they are tax deductible.



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Fire Related Closures and Conditions

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Cottonwood Pass Road Closed in 2018, affects CT Collegiate West travelers

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Success with the new Field Operations Center. Open for Business!

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Volunteer…Help build & maintain the CT

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