The Colorado Trail

a continuous, narrow path from Denver to Durango for hiking, horseback, and bicycling

Welcome to The Trail . . .

The journey that you are about to embark upon follows a portion, or perhaps the entire 486 miles of recreational trail that crosses Colorado from Denver to Durango. The Trail passes through six National Forests, six Wilderness areas, traverses five major river systems and penetrates eight of the states mountain ranges.The Colorado Trail is administered and maintained by the joint efforts of The Colorado Trail Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service. What makes The Colorado Trail unique is that it was developed with the efforts of thousands of volunteers, all interested in the conservation and recreational exploration of Colorado’s stunning mountainous areas.

This introduction can serve as a guide to those who are new to the Trail, and to those who are new to hiking and camping. For more detailed information, The Official Guidebook of The Colorado Trail Foundation is the single best resource for planning your excursion on The Colorado Trail.

See our Maps and Guidebooks page.

Colorado Trail locator map as topographic relief

Schematic map showing segments of the Colorado Trail
Map of Colorado Trail with segments, national forests, and cities