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The Colorado Trail Databook covers the Resupply Places and is great for along the Trail.

Resupply Places and the CT Databook

CT travelers often carry the pocket-sized, official Colorado Trail Databook. It answers the all-important questions about upcoming water sources, mileages, elevations and enlightens the traveler should they reach an unsigned intersection as happens more often than we’d wish. The current, 7th edition Databook also includes key information on Resupply Places. It presents the from-Denver mile […]

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Admiring CT Segment 26. Photo MAD Hippies

The CTF Needs Your CT Photos

Many of you are planning a trip on The Colorado Trail this summer …exciting!… and making plans to take photos. As you are putting together your plans, we hope you might consider contributing your pics to the CT Foundation after you finish. Your CT photos would be a big help to us. Every year we […]

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Supporting Your CT Support Person

The 2020 season on The Colorado Trail will, for long distance travelers, be different than any other. Covid-19 will increase challenges involving hitchhiking, shuttling, lodging and more. Considering all this carefully has us thinking about a “supported” thru-hike, -bike or -ride where a household member would meet and resupply the trail traveler at road crossings. […]

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Nearing Durango - Success on The Colorado Trail

Training for The Colorado Trail

There’s great value in training for the CT, especially for longer excursions. We have learned this through our own experiences and communicating with many Trail travelers. Training beforehand can prevent injury and improves the chance your CT trip will succeed. Even right now with all the current COVID realities, if you can train, it will […]

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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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Segment 27 on The Colorado Trail between Silverton and Durango

Reassessing a CT Distance-Trip given Coronavirus

Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation we’re wanting to share a bit more on thru- or distance-travel planning relative to the Coronavirus situation. Given that the season for The Colorado Trail is primarily July–September and many weeks away considering we’re still in March, we’re finding it hard to know what the realities might be by […]

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CT Segment CW01 south of Twin Lakes in August 2019, thanks to Brian Pierce.

Coronavirus and Summer 2020 on The Colorado Trail

Now in mid-March with such broad impacts of the Coronavirus, what should 2020 Colorado Trail planners be thinking about? Here at the CT Foundation, we are mindful of many virus-related considerations but we are having a hard time forecasting into July, August and September, the heart of the Trail season. Still, here are some thoughts […]

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dog with backpacks

Traveling the CT with a Dog

Quite a percentage of you CT distance travelers are planning the trip with your dog(s). Some dog travelers have a successful CT trip and they complete the Trail with their pooch. The CTF has even delivered some Completion Certificates for dogs and we smile when we think of these wonderful trips with canine friends. At […]

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Avalanche debris fields in CT Segment 24 await hikers. Photo thanks to Avery Williamson.

Avalanche Debris in CT Segment 24

In Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail, there are large, avalanche debris fields that will be unavoidable all 2020 Trail season and beyond. The CTF has volunteer efforts scheduled again this year but completing this work to cut and dig through all the debris will take multiple Trail seasons. DEBRIS FIELDS – There are 4-6 […]

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The CT Guidebook (9th edition) and Databook (7th Edition) have both proven useful to CT travelers.

Guides Current for 2020

CURRENT EDITION OF THE GUIDES. Proven as helpful to nearly all CT travelers are the CT Guidebook and CT Databook. The Guidebook is more comprehensive, includes road access information, and is good for trip planning. Because it is so big and heavy, most purchasers choose to leave the Guidebook with an at-home support person who […]

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