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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Waterton Canyon closed Weekdays June 1 - June 11

Waterton Canyon Weekday Closure

From Tuesday June 1 through Friday June 11, weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed 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 on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, for weekend […]

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Please 'pack out' your toilet paper!

Pack Out Your Toilet Paper 2021

Posted May 4, 2021 – Trail Tip Tuesday – PACK OUT YOUR TOILET PAPER. Please help keep The Colorado Trail beautiful. Pack out your toilet paper. It is easy. Prepare at home by getting one or more dedicated bag(s). The CT is beautiful. But toilet paper is an eyesore that diminishes the experience for all. […]

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Ursack / Opsak combo works well for many CT travelers.

Bears and Your Food 2021

Posted April 27, 2021 – FOOD PRECAUTIONS FOR BEARS & CRITTERS. Trouble with bears is increasing. Along The Colorado Trail, the trouble with bears and other critters is primarily with the food and trash CT travelers carry. The problems that result sometimes ruin peoples’ equipment and end trips, but also can necessitate killing the bear. […]

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Starting in Denver at Waterton Canyon

Consider Shuttling at the Start

Posted April 20, 2021 – CONSIDER SHUTTLING AT THE START, a useful Colorado Trail tip. If you are planning a one-way Trail trip, consider planning to leave your car at your end point, where you’ll finish, and arrange for transportation (shuttler or other) to your start point. Benefits of leaving your car at your end […]

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CT Guides and merchandise are available at the CT Store.

TIPS: CT Guides and Store 2021

Posted April 15, 2021 – TIPS: CT GUIDES AND STORE 2021. Here are some tips we hope might help. CT Store – Find it at ColoradoTrail.org. At the top of the page, click the “SHOP” button. Order Early – Many 2021 Post Office shipments to customers have been slow to deliver. Ordering early will ‘up’ […]

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Early season snowpack can be a challenge.

Segment Snowpack-Passable Norms 2021

Posted April 6, 2021 – SNOWPACK PASSABLE, WHEN..? What’s below is not a sure thing as it varies year to year. But Colorado Trail experience gives the CTF some guidance on the ‘good most years’ segment melt-off dates and when each might become passable. This ‘snowpack passable,’ to us, means not overly arduous or hazardous […]

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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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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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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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