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If you are planning an excursion on The Colorado Trail, we recommend that you utilize one or more of the following:

The Official Guidebook of The Colorado Trail Foundation

Particularly helpful with trip planning, getting to access points and as an on-Trail reference.

The Colorado Trail Databook

Small and light, it fits in your pocket and is popular with thru-hikers, bikers, and riders; providing all essential info for negotiating the Trail.

CTF Topographic Map Book

These topographical maps provide  a much more detailed reference regarding the full terrain of the Trail.

General Location Maps

Below are maps of The Colorado Trail to give you a feel for the Trail’s general location. Click on the maps to view larger versions. Below each map are links to additional “Traveling the CT” trip planning resources.

Segments Map

Map showing segments of The Colorado Trail

See the segments list page for more detailed information on each trail segment.

Shaded Relief Map

Shaded relief map of The Colorado Trail.

Shaded relief map of The Colorado Trail. Poster Map available here.

Interactive Google Map

The map above is not created or maintained by the Colorado Trail Foundation. Click on the maps gear icon to set map type and enable layers such as precipitation, snow, mile markers, average temps, and much more!

Colorado Trail “Far Out” Smartphone App

Covering the entire Trail, it is becoming the go-to guide for tech-savvy Trail users.

Collegiate “East/West” Loop Mapbook

Topographical maps published by the Colorado Trail Foundation with detailed references for trail terrain.

Maps by National Geographic/ Trails Illustrated & Latitude 40°

These waterproof, tear-resistant maps can be used alone or in tandem with other Trail guides.


Guides, Books & Maps

On this website you will find only the newest version of all guidebooks and maps, and buying from this site helps the Colorado Trail Foundation maintain the CT.

Segments of the CT

We have small maps and detailed trail segment information, including length and elevation gain, for all 33 segments that make up the entire 567 miles of the CT.

Trail Segments
Trail Alerts & Conditions

Obstructions, reroutes and planned closures are mapped on the Trail Alert page. And although the CTF does not track current trail conditions, we do provide a list of resources to find good information.

Alerts & Closures


Miles of Trail


Years in Action


Highest Elevation