The Trail

2022 Adopt-A-Trail Accomplishments

Adopters do important work in their sections of trail, which range from 1.6 to 16.8 miles. Some do the work alone and some assemble a group for the outing. Visiting as soon as they can after the snow melts in late spring, they cut and remove fallen trees, rake and hoe silt and debris out […]

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Waterton Canyon Closure – October 10 -13, 2022

Updated October 5, 2022 – WATERTON CLOSED October 10-13, 2022 Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13 for work by Aurora Water.  Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during this time. WATERTON ALTERNATIVES. Those wanting to travel CT Segment […]

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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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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.” 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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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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Fishing License Required to travel in Colorado State Wildlife Areas

Segment 12 Fishing License Needed

Posted July 7, 2020. IN 2021 NEW REGS INSTITUTED. SEE THE UPDATE HERE – A license is now required to travel a tiny fraction of The Colorado Trail (CT). Here are the details. It affects those who travel CT Segment 12 from mile 0.0 to 0.5 (part of the CT Collegiate East) as the Trail passes […]

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Do your part to keep The Colorado Trail hiker friendly.

Keeping the CT Hiker Friendly

Posted May 26, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – 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 […]

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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

Switchbacks on The Colorado Trail

Posted April 21, 2020 – Recently a distance hiker brought up switchbacks on the CT as well as the relatively gentle Trail grades. Making a comparison with another long trail, he wrote that he liked switchbacks. The subject of switchbacks takes us way back to the very beginning of The Colorado Trail. Foresters and volunteers […]

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