Colorado Trail


567 Miles of pure beauty

Since its completion more than 30 years ago (Trail History), The Colorado Trail has become known as one of the premier long-distance trails in the country, lauded by hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers and horse riders from around the world. The CT comprises 567 miles of trail between Denver and Durango and passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Colorado Rockies. Users traveling end to end encounter the high mountain lakes and towering peaks of six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges as they climb nearly 90,000 vertical feet. The average elevation of the Trail is 10,300 feet, topping out at 13,271 feet just below 13,334-foot Coney Summit in southwest Colorado.

Check this page for information on shuttlers and trail angels.

Information courtesy of the Colorado Trail Foundation.


Maintenance of the Colorado Trail is undertaken by teams of volunteers who caretake sections. Durango Trails adopts the longest section in the state – rugged singletrack from Champion Venture Road (near Kennebec Pass) to the town of Durango – known as Segment 28. To learn more about the Colorado Trail or the primary entity responsible for its upkeep, visit the Colorado Trail Foundation.

Check this page for more information on the trails that make up the high country portion of Segment 28.
Check this page for information on the trails that make up the lower portion of Segment 28.

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