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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 these open section(s): 6.3, 17.1, 19.2. (learn more about the sections on the Adopter Trail List).

If you’d like to become an adopter, use the button below to email our field operations manager (

Become a Trail Adopter


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 86 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,

Adopter Trail ListFor Current Trail Adopters

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.


AAT Cover

2023 Adopt-A-Trail-Accomplishments

The Adopt-A-Trail program is crucial to the maintenance of The Colorado Trail. There are currently 84 Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) sections on The Colorado Trail. They range in distance from about 1.5…
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…


Check the google map above for Adopter training and shed locations. We will also flag any major trail obstructions, reroutes, and planned closures. Open the layer menu (click the button in the upper left corner of the map) to see more display options.