Colorado Trail Guidebook, 9th Edition


This is the most up-to-date, official CT Guidebook that is currently available.  The new 10th edition will be available to ship on Feb 6, 2024 and can be pre-ordered through our store.  Only purchase this item if you want the 9th edition guidebook.

This book covers the entire Colorado Trail, all 567 miles between Denver and Durango, including Segments 1-28 plus CW01-CW05. This is the first edition Guidebook that covers the 80-mile CT Collegiate West that was added to The Colorado Trail in 2012. This comprehensive book helps you plan your CT excursions, can guide you on the trail, and is particularly well-suited to have either in an automobile or at home. It is your official resource for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and bicycling The Colorado Trail.

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.

The digital version of this guide, the official app of the Colorado Trail Foundation, is available from Far Out.

Exciting news- the new 10th edition of the CT guidebook will be released in February.  Rest assured, this 9th edition version has all of the info you need to accurately plan your CT journey, but if you’d like to wait for the latest and greatest, you may want to hold off on ordering until then.

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The 9th 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


GPS waypoints including segment endpoints (coordinates in UTM)
resupply towns info

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, elevation profile and GPS coordinates 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 and map of each bicycle detour around the Wilderness areas.

Carried over from previous editions are “Gudy’s Tips;” short bits of advice for each segment by Gudy Gaskill, the “Mother of The Colorado Trail.”

  • 6″ x 9″
  • 336 pages
  • Paperbound