The Trail – 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 485 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 Colorado Trail Foundation volunteers in collaboration with 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

Map of Colorado Trail with segments, national forests, and cities