CTF Begins Search for Executive Director

Bill Manning here with a message that tugs at my heart: I will soon be departing as Executive Director of The Colorado Trail Foundation. This decision has been brought on by both my age, 67, and my ongoing fight against sarcoma cancer. Cliche, perhaps, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my […]

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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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Phone app for The Colorado Trail (and more) by Atlas "Guthook" Guides.

CT App from Atlas “Guthook” Guides

Posted March 5, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – One of the CT guides that comes highly recommended by Trail travelers is the CT smartphone app by Atlas “Guthook” Guides. The app is of great help along the Trail. It tells you about each upcoming water source, including how many miles ahead it is […]

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CT travelers are reporting near-ideal conditions along The Colorado Trail. Photo in CT Segment 23 is thanks to bikepacker Colin Hughes.

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 3

Conditions 2019 on September 3 – FIRE Wildfire near CT Segments 4 and 5 east of Kenosha Pass: Firefighters have gained on containment. This wildfire, first reported on Monday August 26, is maybe 2 miles north northeast from the division between CT Segments 4 and 5. Smoke and flames have died down significantly. No part […]

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Kerrie Neet easily crossing Cochetopa Creek in July. Photo by Ray Kenny.

2019 Deep Snowpack and Swollen Creeks

Posted April 9, 2019 – Given that it’s early April, it is impossible to know for sure how this spring’s super-deep snowpack, averaging around 150% of average, will affect The Colorado Trail this summer. But it is a good guess that the deep snow will eventually mean creeks that are swollen beyond the norm. Swifter […]

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