Snowpack can challenge a distance trip a lot.

Snowpack Melt Dates 2021

Posted April 1, 2021 – SNOWPACK MELT DATES are unpredictable. A frequently asked question is, “When is the snowpack going to be melted off The Colorado Trail?” There is no simple answer. The widely varying elevations, 5522 to 13271 feet above sea level, play a huge role as does the hillside aspect and tree shading. […]

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

Waterton Now Open 7 Days but No Overnight Parking

Posted July 9, 2020 LIKELY IN 2021 THIS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED – 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) […]

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Little Snow Remains . All Passable as of June 30 2020

Snowpack 2020 … All Passable as of June 30

Posted June 30, 2020 – 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 […]

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Fire Bans Affect the Entire Colorado Trail

2020 FIRE BANS Affect the Entire CT

Posted June 24, 2020 – 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 […]

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Early June Snowpack Approaching Georgia Pass along Colorado Trail Segment 6

Snowpack 2020 as of June 23

Posted June 23, 2020 – 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 […]

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Waterton Canyon Open Weekdays but No Overnight Parking

Waterton Open Weekdays but No Overnight Parking

Posted June 16, 2020 – 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, […]

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

Coronavirus and The Colorado Trail

Posted June 2, 2020 – 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 […]

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Along the CT a May storm covers spring snowpack with new snow.

CT Season Including Coronavirus April 28

Posted April 28, 2020 – 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 […]

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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

Posted March 31, 2020 – 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 […]

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Waterton Canyon closure began March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19

Waterton Canyon Closure due to COVID-19

Posted March 18, 2020 – Update – Waterton Canyon Reopened July 6, 2020. See notice here.   CLOSED. Sadly…WATERTON CANYON IS CLOSED. According to officials with Denver Water, the PARKING AND TRAIL CLOSURE BEGAN WED MARCH 18, 2020. It will remain closed (gated and patrolled) until further notice. REASON. According to CTF supporter Bobbie Hickman’s […]

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