The Colorado Trail

Mile for mile the most beautiful trail in America
… built and maintained by the volunteers of The Colorado Trail Foundation

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A spectacular adventure.

Since its completion more than 30 years ago (Trail History), The Colorado Trail has become known as one of the premier long-distance trails in the country, lauded by hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers and horse riders from around the world. The CT comprises 567 miles of trail between Denver and Durango and passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Colorado Rockies. Users traveling end to end encounter the high mountain lakes and towering peaks of six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges as they climb nearly 90,000 vertical feet. The average elevation of the Trail is 10,300 feet, topping out at 13,271 feet just below 13,334-foot Coney Summit in southwest Colorado.

The Trail

Who We Are

The Colorado Trail Foundation is a nonprofit organization that oversees the care and improvement of the Trail. A Board of Directors and three full-time employees oversee the work of hundreds of volunteers who devote thousands of hours each year to keep the Trail in good condition. Most of that work is accomplished by trail crews lasting from one to eight days and by dozens of individuals and groups that adopt sections of the trail and conduct annual maintenance. Corporate and foundation grants and individual contributions from hundreds of supporters provide the $250,000 needed annually to sustain the CTF’s efforts.

About the Foundation
Couple who wrote bequest for Foundation

How You Can Help

Volunteer. Contribute. Spread the word. Volunteers are the life-blood of the organization. Without them, there would be no Trail. Most supporters began as Trail users. Touched by how the experience has enriched their lives, they seek a way to give back. Some love the pick-and-shovel work of trail building and maintenance. Others participate in mailing parties, helping send out newsletters and raise funds. Some support our office staff with data entry, writing thank-you notes, and doing other tasks. Many write checks or donate online to support the Foundation’s ongoing work and encourage others to do the same. The rewards of joining other like-minded individuals in sustaining this Colorado treasure are many. Find out for yourself.

Volunteer  Many Ways to Contribute

Recent News

Keeping the CT Hiker Friendly

Most of the service providers along The Colorado Trail have long been ‘hiker friendly.’ Merchants and others are usually pretty nice to CT travelers whether they’re hikers, cyclists, or horse riders. And it goes both ways; we think the vast majority of Trail travelers treat service providers well. In recent years at the CT Foundation, […]

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Snowpack 2020 as of May 22

HOW MUCH SNOW REMAINS? It is hard telling at this time of year how much snow is still on all the different portions of The Colorado Trail. The widely varying elevations, 5,522 to 13,271 feet above sea level, play a huge role as does the aspect of each hillside and tree shading. This 2020 winter […]

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The CTF Needs Your CT Photos

Many of you are planning a trip on The Colorado Trail this summer …exciting!… and making plans to take photos. As you are putting together your plans, we hope you might consider contributing your pics to the CT Foundation after you finish. Your CT photos would be a big help to us. Every year we […]

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Supporting Your CT Support Person

The 2020 season on The Colorado Trail will, for long distance travelers, be different than any other. Covid-19 will increase challenges involving hitchhiking, shuttling, lodging and more. Considering all this carefully has us thinking about a “supported” thru-hike, -bike or -ride where a household member would meet and resupply the trail traveler at road crossings. […]

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