Waterton Canyon Closure – October 10 -13, 2022

Updated October 5, 2022 – WATERTON CLOSED October 10-13, 2022 Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13 for work by Aurora Water.  Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during this time. WATERTON ALTERNATIVES. Those wanting to travel CT Segment […]

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Ursack / Opsak combo works well for many CT travelers.

2022 Food Storage Reminder

As a result of unconfirmed reports of active bears in the area, the South Platte Ranger District has asked us to remind all Colorado Trail users to please use food storage when on the trail at all times, and specifically between Segments 1 – 4, where the activity has been reported. Proper food storage includes […]

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2022 Maildrop – Consider UPS-Brown or FedEx

2022 Maildrop – Consider UPS-Brown or FedEx If you are planning to ship yourself any resupply boxes this trail season, consider sending them UPS-Brown or FedEx. (Not USPS.) Reports from maildrop locations are that boxes being sent via the United States Postal Service including Priority Mail are not being delivered in a timely manner. The […]

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Bear eyeballs hiker food along The Colorado Trail

Bear Problems Happen Every Trail Season

Posted May 19, 2022 – Every single Trail season, bear problems happen along The Colorado Trail. Now in my 17th year as Executive Director with the CT Foundation, I cannot remember a trail season without reports like, ‘yeah, the bear got our food and shredded my bag.’ This is one reason the CTF recommends that […]

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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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Starting in Denver at Waterton Canyon

Consider Shuttling at the Start

Posted April 20, 2021 – CONSIDER SHUTTLING AT THE START, a useful Colorado Trail tip. If you are planning a one-way Trail trip, consider planning to leave your car at your end point, where you’ll finish, and arrange for transportation (shuttler or other) to your start point. Benefits of leaving your car at your end […]

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CT Databook 8 is On Its Way

Databook 8 is Coming

UPDATE MARCH 9, 2021 – AVAILABLE NOW, THE NEW CT DATABOOK IS IN, CLICK HERE FOR STORE PAGE. JANUARY 11, 2021 – We are excited to share this! The CTF has received new info from the Databook publisher that indicates THERE WILL BE A NEW EDITION CT DATABOOK FOR THE 2021 TRAIL SEASON. At the time […]

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

CT Phone App from Atlas “Guthook” Guides

Posted March 12, 2019 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – By Jerry Brown, Bear Creek Survey, March 2019: Last summer I accomplished my seventh thru of The Colorado Trail and updated trail data for Atlas “Guthook” Guides. I took 1,465 geo-referenced photographs of the Trail’s waypoints including water sources, intersections, signs, trailheads, and just about […]

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First Edition Colorado Trail Databook, 1999.

The Colorado Trail Databook New and Old

Posted March 8, 2019 – Nearly all Colorado Trail travelers carry the CT Databook. Mile by mile it describes the route including the water sources that are so essential to replenish supply and stay hydrated. You’ll see people referring to it often. As the Trail has changed over the years, so has the CT Databook. […]

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