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Become an Official Adopter!

Get your own section of the Colorado Trail by becoming an official Trail Adopter. Adopters are the Trail’s front line volunteers, keeping the Trail passable, accomplishing annual maintenance, and reporting conditions to The Colorado Trail Foundation. We currently have two open sections: section 15.1 and section 22.1 (learn more about these sections on the Adopter Trail List).

If you’d like to become an adopter, use the button below to email our field operations manager (darin@coloradotrail.org).

Become a Trail Adopter

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Adopt & Care
for a Section of Trail

The Adopter of each maintenance section is a responsible individual, often representing a family group, Scout Troop, hiking club, mountain bike group, horse club, or simply a group of friends. Adopters stick with the task for many years, finding outdoor fun and a sense of accomplishment. Each summer, Adopters and their volunteer helpers:

  • Clear fallen trees to make way for Trail users early in the trail season, soon after snow melts on your section
  • Assess the signage: intersection signs and trail markers both northbound and southbound
  • Clean water diversions sometime during the trail season to prevent erosion
  • Report to the CTF as needed & requested

Adopters are responsible for the 83 AAT Sections that span the length of the CT.  They vary in length from 1 ½ to 17 miles. Supported by the CTF, Adopters receive leadership, handbooks, and access to CTF tools and can involve themselves in orientation and training activities.

Become part of the volunteer tradition that built and maintained this 567-mile trail… become a CTF Adopter!  To inquire and for more information, email the CTF Field Operations Manager, Darin Radatz, darin@coloradotrail.org.

Adopter Trail ListFor Current Trail Adopters
group work on widening switchback

Adopt-a-Trail Accomplishments

By performing this maintenance and reporting back to the office, Adopters and their helpers enable the CTF to continue preserving The Colorado Trail.

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A group of hikers take in the views from the Colorado Trail

2022 Adopt-A-Trail Accomplishments

Adopters do important work in their sections of trail, which range from 1.6 to 16.8 miles. Some do the work alone and some assemble a group for the outing. Visiting…

2021 Adopt-A-Trail Accomplishments

In 2021, CTF Field Operations Manager Darin Radatz continued managing the Adopt-A-Trail program. Radatz lead three training sessions for Adopters. During his year of leadership, 54% of current Adopters have…

Despite The Pandemic

CTF Volunteers accomplished good trail work in 2020! Before the Colorado Trail Foundation volunteers got to work, a blowdown of over 100 trees blocked Segment 5 of the Colorado Trail…