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

Waterton Canyon Weekday Closure

From Tuesday June 1 through Friday June 11, weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed for Denver Water’s annual dust mitigation project. Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during this time. Waterton Canyon will remain open on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, for weekend […]

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Pack Out Your Toilet Paper 2021

Posted May 4, 2021 – Trail Tip Tuesday – PACK OUT YOUR TOILET PAPER. Please help keep The Colorado Trail beautiful. Pack out your toilet paper. It is easy. Prepare at home by getting one or more dedicated bag(s). The CT is beautiful. But toilet paper is an eyesore that diminishes the experience for all. […]

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Bears and Your Food 2021

Posted April 27, 2021 – FOOD PRECAUTIONS FOR BEARS & CRITTERS. Trouble with bears is increasing. Along The Colorado Trail, the trouble with bears and other critters is primarily with the food and trash CT travelers carry. The problems that result sometimes ruin peoples’ equipment and end trips, but also can necessitate killing the bear. […]

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Consider Shuttling at the Start

Posted April 20, 2021 – CONSIDER SHUTTLING AT THE START, a useful Colorado Trail tip. If you are planning a one-way Trail trip, consider planning to leave your car at your end point, where you’ll finish, and arrange for transportation (shuttler or other) to your start point. Benefits of leaving your car at your end […]

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