Current Conditions

Waterton Canyon Reopening 7 Days a Week beginning July 6, 2020

Waterton Now Open 7 Days but No Overnight Parking

Great news. Beginning July 6, 2020, Waterton Canyon, the trail, is OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK. Now Open 7 Days A Week (the canyon and trail are fairly normal *, opening a half hour before sunrise and closing a half hour after sunset) No Overnight Parking No Potable Water (canyon spigots/fountains are off; river water […]

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Little Snow Remains . All Passable as of June 30 2020

Snowpack 2020 … All Passable as of June 30

Snowpack 2020 … All Passable as of June 30 SNOWPACK FINAL TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020 (Summary: Entire CT including the Collegiate West is ‘Snowpack Passable.’ Read details below.) PASSABLE! Snowpack-wise, this means you can get through whatever snow is left without it being overly arduous or unsafe. HOW MUCH SNOW REMAINS? It is hard telling […]

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Fire Bans Affect the Entire Colorado Trail

2020 FIRE BANS Affect the Entire CT

CT Fire Bans are End To End and All Season Long – A reality nearly every Trail season, this year due in part to the Coronavirus pandemic, FIRE BANS affecting the entire Colorado Trail were put in place in April by the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities expect these to last all Trail season and beyond. […]

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Colorado Trail updates are on the CTF Blog Page Blog Page Info

If you are wanting Updated Info about The Colorado Trail, check out the CTF BLOG. Included are trail updates, snowpack conditions, Covid information, tips and more.  

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Early June Snowpack Approaching Georgia Pass along Colorado Trail Segment 6

Snowpack 2020 as of June 23

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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Waterton Canyon Open Weekdays but No Overnight Parking

Waterton Open Weekdays but No Overnight Parking

Waterton Canyon trail and parking: Open on Weekdays (opening a half hour before sunrise and closing a half hour after sunset) No Potable Water (canyon spigots/fountains are off; river water available needs filtering and/or treating) No Overnight Parking Closed on Weekends These circumstances will be in place until further notice, shaped by the unprecedented high […]

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2020 Colorado Trail travelers will encounter restrictions. Photo thanks to Summit Daily.

Coronavirus and The Colorado Trail

VERY DIFFERENT TRIP. This “Trail Tip Tuesday” on June 2, 2020 includes some of the Covid-related circumstances you’ll encounter as you travel The Colorado Trail. Even though these things have been changing rapidly and likely will continue to change, we hope this is helpful and gives you a sense about this year’s experience. You’ll want […]

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Deep snowpack remains on The Colorado Trail.

CT Season Including Coronavirus April 28

The season for long distance travel on The Colorado Trail (July, August and September) is still a bit distant. Because many of you have been planning your CT trip, here is an update. As we’ve become more and more familiar with this information, we try to pass it along to you as best we can. […]

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

Characteristics of The Colorado Trail

  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 CT, let’s focus on these two. Travelers experienced with […]

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Storm Clouds on The Colorado Trail Collegiate West near Cottonwood Pass. Photo Dean Krakel

Looking Forward: The CT Season and Coronavirus

March is turning to April and there are many coronavirus restrictions now in place. The Colorado Trail season – chiefly July, August and September – is still a bit distant. So, what does this all mean for CT distance-trip planners? Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation, we don’t have the answer. But below are some […]

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