CT Foundation News

CTF Begins Search for Executive Director

Bill Manning here with a message that tugs at my heart: I will soon be departing as Executive Director of The Colorado Trail Foundation. This decision has been brought on by both my age, 67, and my ongoing fight against sarcoma cancer. Cliche, perhaps, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my […]

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Colorado Trail updates are on the CTF Blog Page

ColoradoTrail.org Blog Page Info

Posted May 17, 2021 – If you are wanting Updated Info about The Colorado Trail, check out the CTF BLOG. Included are trail updates, snowpack conditions, tips and more. https://coloradotrail.org/blog/  

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Starting in Denver at Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon Weekday Closure May 2022

Updated May 25, 2022 – WATERTON REOPENED EARLY (STARTING TUE 5/24/22) Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday May 16 through Friday May 27 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 […]

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Early season snowpack can be a challenge.

Segment Snowpack-Passable Norms 2022

Posted May 3, 2022 – AVERAGE SNOWPACK-PASSABLE DATES – When do Colorado Trail segments normally become snowpack passable? Here at the CT Foundation, we have studied this carefully. Below you’ll see the Average Melt-Off Dates when each segment might become passable. This ‘snowpack passable,’ to us, means not overly arduous or hazardous due to remaining […]

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The famed 28 switchbacks between Elk Creek and the Continental Divide in Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail. Photo Cornelius Friesen

The CTF Is Recruiting for a New Office Manager!!

Updated May 1, 2022 – THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED – The CTF is in the process of saying goodbye to our long-term Office Manager, Amy Nelson. She will be moving back to her beloved Boston, Massachusetts later this year. We will miss you Amy! Thank you for your service! Accordingly, The CTF is recruiting […]

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Ted La May, key individual in CT history

CTF Hero, Ted La May, Passed

CTF Hero, Ted La May passed away at home on November 26, 2021. Condolences go out to his wife of 61 years, Pat La May, as well as their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ted played a central role in the development of The Colorado Trail, though the effort got off to a very rocky […]

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The Colorado Trail in Segment 23 above Silverton. Photo Brian Pierce

Characteristics of The Colorado Trail (vs. the AT)

UPDATED AUGUST 7, 2021 Posted April 7, 2020 –   The Colorado Trail (CT) has its own set of characteristics. Some of these will be of particular interest to travelers who’ve already experienced one or more of the other long trails. Because it is common for Appalachian Trail (AT) users to become interested in the […]

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Fire Bans Affect the Entire Colorado Trail

Fire Bans in 2021

EDITED JUNE 19 AS TO WHITE GAS STOVES. Posted June 18,2021 – CT Fire Bans have been instituted; expect them all Trail season. – A reality nearly every Trail season, FIRE BANS affecting large portions of The Colorado Trail have already been put in place by Counties and the U.S. Forest Service. More will surely […]

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SWA Pass (or fishing or hunting license) now required to pass through the SWA in CT Segment 12.

Segment 12 SWA Pass Needed

UPDATED JULY 14, 2021 – Here is where you can buy the SWA Pass online. Click on “State Wildlife Area Pass.” https://www.cpwshop.com/home.page Posted March 25, 2021 – A Colorado State Wildlife Area (SWA) Pass will, in 2021, be required to travel a tiny fraction of The Colorado Trail (CT). Fishing or hunting license okay too. […]

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CT Databook 8 is On Its Way

Databook 8 is Coming

UPDATE MARCH 9, 2021 – AVAILABLE NOW, THE NEW CT DATABOOK IS IN, CLICK HERE FOR STORE PAGE. JANUARY 11, 2021 – We are excited to share this! The CTF has received new info from the Databook publisher that indicates THERE WILL BE A NEW EDITION CT DATABOOK FOR THE 2021 TRAIL SEASON. At the time […]

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