There are many ways to enjoy The Colorado Trail, from a day-hike, bike, or ride, to a multi-day trip or end-to-end excursion beginning in either Denver or Durango. There are dozens of access points to the CT’s 567 miles of trail. These are accessible by car, 4-wheel-drive, bike, horse, on foot, or even by train. Numerous resources, including maps, guidebooks, and websites can help you with your planning. The CTF Facebook groups are also a great resource for trail conditions and information sharing, find links on our Trail Alerts page. But there is no place better to begin your journey than right here. Continue browsing this page to find information on everything from modes of travel, to what to carry, to weather and trail etiquette.
When to Go
The “season” for The Colorado Trail is primarily 3 months: July, August, and September. Before this 3-month season, users encounter troublesome snowpack remaining from winter and spring storms. After these months, fall storms begin bringing new snows that can be deep and long lasting. (Here’s a video that shows how a snowstorm can ‘up’ the challenge of distance hiking.)
A MIX OF USERS
Share the Trail
The CT is open to a variety of travelers. Past travelers have reported they appreciated knowing in advance the different types of users they’ll encounter. When users meet on the trail, who is supposed to yield?
Are Dogs Allowed?
Dogs are allowed on The Colorado Trail, except for six miles of Segment 1. Dogs are not allowed on CTF Trail Crews. Within National Forests and Wilderness Areas, regulations regarding dogs vary.
Access Route Status
The CT passes through six national forests and 11 USFS ranger districts. While most Forest Service offices cannot provide specific information about the CT itself, they can be useful in providing info on the condition of access routes (Forest Service roads, etc.) to trailheads.