Colorado Trail Guidebook, 10th Edition


This is the most up-to-date, official CT Guidebook that was released on Feb 6, 2024.  

The Colorado Trail is, mile for mile, the most beautiful trail in America. It winds its way through fields of wildflowers to high mountain passes, from wild mountain streams to quiet trails through old-growth forests. The Colorado Trail crosses eight mountain ranges, six National Forests, six Wilderness Areas, and five river systems.

The official guidebook includes everything you need to enjoy all 567 miles of the trail, whether out for a day, a weekend backpack, or a complete thru-hike of the trail that starts near Denver and ends near Durango, 486 miles distant. The tenth edition was written by The Colorado Trail Foundation, the nonprofit and volunteers that built and maintain The Colorado Trail.

  • Detailed information for the entire Colorado Trail, including the Collegiate West addition
  • Updated maps of every segment showing access points, key trail intersections, and more
  • Current details on new trail reroutes, trail town amenities, and wilderness bicycle detours

Maps in this guidebook show the roads pertinent to the Trail. Travel directions are also provided for each major trail access point. This road coverage is almost essential for the automobile portions of many excursions, including the car trips done by segment travelers as well as the driving done by support people who rendezvous with trail travelers.

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The 10th Edition CT Guidebook includes…


An in-depth chapter for every CT segment (1-28 + CW01-CW05)
Mile by mile trail description and highlights

Route Information

Up-to-date with recent trail reroutes
Mileage & elevation stats
Segment overview


Map of each segment (highlighted CT, milepoints and roads)
Elevation profile for each part of the Trail

Trip Planning

Trailheads and access points
Driving directions and access road info

The Big Picture

End-to-end elevation profiles plus Collegiate East and West (helping with snowpack considerations)


Full-color photographs throughout


Chapters on CT heritage, natural history and geology

This guide follows the format established in earlier editions. Each segment chapter provides general information about the segment; trailhead access directions; information about supplies, services and accommodations along the route; a detailed trail description, including stream crossings, water sources and camping spots; and a map and elevation profiles for numerous points along the Trail.

You’ll find resupply information, equipment checklists, and food and safety recommendations.

Guidebook Serves At-Home Support People – The Guidebook will help you plan your trip. Beyond that, consider this question. Does your sphere include one or more at-home/support folk(s)? To be of assistance to you, they will need one of the CT guides and this CT Guidebook works best for them, with its maps, roads, towns, post office info and much more. Trail travelers often gain Guidebook value by leaving it with their at-home loved one(s).

There are introductory sections on the heritage, natural history and geology of the CT as well as planning guide for traveling the trail. Also included are new full-color photographs that provide a virtual tour of the trail.

To assist cyclists, this new book includes a description of each bicycle detour around the Wilderness areas.

  • 6″ x 9″
  • 360 pages
  • Paperbound