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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 friends and family.

The CTF has begun a search for my replacement and I will stay on in some capacity to make sure that the transition is a smooth one.

Reflecting on my 17 years in this position and my 13 years before that as a CTF volunteer, I feel good that I am leaving the organization in a strong position to continue its mission. Foundation volunteers are fully engaged in keeping the Trail well maintained and CT travelers in increasing numbers are enjoying their adventures, many reporting life-changing experiences. I’m confident that The Colorado Trail will continue to be one of the world’s premier long-distance trails for many years to come.

I have so much gratitude for my involvement with the CT, which has left me with a sense of accomplishment and joy. It has simply been a wonderful privilege to serve the organization and to help enhance this beautiful Colorado resource. Thank you for the countless opportunities to work with you all. Volunteers and supporters are the most giving people on the planet and I am truly blessed to have been able to collaborate with you.

Bill Manning

The Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF) is looking for their next Executive Director.

The CTF begins search for new Executive Director in June 2022.

The CTF begins search for new Executive Director in June 2022.

The CTF is based in Golden, CO and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that oversees the building and maintenance of The Colorado Trail (“CT” or “Trail”). An elected Board of Directors collaborates with three full-time employees (an Executive Director, a Field Operations Manager, and an Office Manager) to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the CT.

The Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer of the CTF. He/she will be responsible for all facets of CTF operations, including building and maintaining the Trail, volunteer and donor outreach, support for CT users, and maintaining good relationships with major stakeholders, primarily the U.S. Forest Service. Additional duties include overseeing the publication of CT guidebooks and maps, social media, operations of an online store selling Colorado Trail merchandise, and a Trekking Program that offers guided trips on the CT.

To learn more about the Responsibilities and Preferred Qualifications please view the

Position Specifications

To apply please send your resume to Tamara at