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From one-time donations to store purchases, you can give back to the CT in any number of ways!

The Colorado Trail Foundation relies on the generosity of donors to help us fulfill our mission. Grants from foundations, corporate sources and the U.S. Forest Service cover about 15% of our annual operating expenses. The rest comes from individual contributions big and small.

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Donate Once or Make a Recurring Gift

Click below to donate using a credit or debit card or PayPal account. You have options to dedicate your donation in honor of a person or occasion and to make it a recurring donation.


Colorado Trail Online Store

Purchase any of the Trail-related items – maps, guidebooks, clothing, tools, and commemoratives – from CTF’s online store, and the profits from the sale go to the Foundation.

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COLORADO trail foundation on Colorado Gives Day


Colorado Gives Day

Held the second Tuesday each December, its aim is to increase contributions to more than 2,700 nonprofit organizations throughout the state, including The Colorado Trail Foundation. Watch for CTF e-mails or check our Facebook page for the date of this year’s event. For more information, go to the CTF landing page at

Other Ways to Support Us

Donate by Mail

Donations can be mailed to us at The Colorado Trail Foundation, 710 10th St, Suite 210, Golden, CO 80401.  You may download a Donation Form that you can print out and mail in with a check if you’d like an official document to include with your donation check (but not required). We also send out periodic Friends letters that include updates on the Trail as well as a twice-yearly Tread Lines newsletter. Enclosed in each are donation envelopes for those who prefer to contribute by mail.

Legacy Giving

Help ensure that the Trail will be here for future generations by including The Colorado Trail Foundation in your will or living trust. Your financial adviser, attorney, or accountant can help you set up a charitable gift to the Foundation in the form of cash, stocks, bonds, or from proceeds of insurance policies or the sale of property. You can also designate the CTF as a beneficiary of an insurance policy, IRA, or pension plan.

IRA Required Minimum Distribution

Donate all or a portion of your RMD directly to the CTF (a qualifying charity) and receive an exclusion from taxable income without having to itemize deductions. Consult your tax professional about making a “qualified charitable distribution.” The CTF can provide the transfer account info to you or your investment advisor.

Publicly Traded Securities

You can donate publicly traded securities to the CTF. If you have held the donated securities for more than one year, you may receive additional tax benefits from the donation. Please contact your tax advisor about any possible benefits. Then, simple and easy – just call CTF at 303-384-3729 for instructions on how to accomplish the donation.

By choosing to help us protect and preserve The Colorado Trail, you will be part of something bigger than your financial gift:  You will help create memories and inspire life lessons. Contributions to the CTF are tax deductible with tax ID 84-1057336.

And of course you can… volunteer with the CTF!

You can help with our mission of maintaining the Trail through Trail Crews and the Adopt-A-Trail program, and there’s a long list of other non-trail work related volunteer opportunities! How will you choose to give back to the trail?

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Our Top-Level Donors

Thank you to our biggest supporters, we couldn’t do it without you!

$10,000 & up

Chris Alonso
Anonymous Donor
Bill Carpenter and Kris Todd
The Gaskill Family
Bobbie Hill
Mary Lynne and Stephen Kneller
Charles and Linda Lawson
Bill Manning and Judy Bolis
Pete and Sybil Turner
Roundup Riders – Heritage and Trails Foundation
U.S. Forest Service

$5,000 to $9,999

Cheryl and Darryl Annett
Anonymous Donor
Dan Bereck
Lyn Berry and Jeanne Younghaus
Ruth Ann Brown
George and Judy Callison
William and Susan Friedman
Ned and Barb Grauel
Red Mountain Fund
Steve and Pamela Stadler
Terry Tierney
Van Siclen Family Foundation
Martha Violett

$2,500 to $4,999

Karen and Tom Barsch
Michael and Charity Coors
Tom Frenzel
Front Range Back Country Horsemen
Generation IV Charitable Trust
Stuart Harris
Peggy Lucas and Mike Bond
Mark Van Moer
Melanzana Outdoor Clothing
Tom and Mary Orsini
Williams Co. Foundation, Inc
John and Angela Wolgamott

$1,000 to $2,499

Nancy Allen
Glenn and Jan Anderson
Nan and Dave Anderson
Anonymous Donor
Ashley Family Foundation, Inc.
Mark Baldwin
Gerri and Gordon Baron
Jack and Karen Berryhill
Birches Foundation
Miriam Birmingham
David Black
Olivia and Forest Bommarito
Jim Bolt
Ben Bosch
Christopher Bouck
Laura Brieser-Smith and Scott Smith
Jared Champion
Daniel Chernoff
Anthony Cisneros
Bruce Clay
Dan and Ilene Cohen
Jeremy and Joanne Cowperthwaite
Jack and Hille Dais
Kris and Wendy Davison
Rick Eisele
Loretta Feehan
Alan Feiger and Janet Pitman
Karen Fox
Garvis Fund
Rick and Wendy Goad
Greater Horizons
Jon Greeneisen
John Grubb
Anne Mason Hauser
Brett and Krista Jaros
Philip Klotzbach
Peggy Lucas and Mike Bond
Max Lukoschek and Ryan Cooper
Brendan Mahoney and Erin Reilley
Caleb Mason Memorial Fund
John McDonough
Jim McDonough
Jim McIntosh
Myers Family Fund

$1,000 to $2,499 (cont.)

Paul Monson
George Neserke
Timothy and Debra O’Rourke
Pelton Charitable Foundation
Ed and Kyle Pfromer
Patti Phan
Jodi Richard
Peter and Jane Scanlon
Craig Snowden
Steve and Sandy Staley
Sweeney’s Share the Love Foundation
Thorne Research
Bill and Carol Tomerlin
Rick Tronvig
Ann and John Turner
United Way of Orange County
Veritone, Inc
Robert Walker and Cristy Godwin
Williams Co Foundation
William Witter
Bernard and Christa Wolf
Sean and Sharon Wood
Alan Wyngarden
Jim and Monica Young