Continental Divide Trail Colorado


This major National Scenic Trail hasn't yet been officially designated in Colorado, but a marked interim route exists in three of the state's National Forests. While it occasionally runs right along the crest, the trail generally follows beneath the actual divide.

The route is incredibly scenic and magnificent, with many open vistas. Difficulty varies from easy to very strenuous. At highest elevations the trail is under snow for up to 10 months of the year.

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Horses are allowed on most sections.

Camping Regulations: The trail is mainly on National Forest lands, and along these sections camping and campfires are freely allowed, except where posted otherwise. Whenever possible, choose sites which are well off the trail and at least 200 feet from water sources. Permits are required for camping in Rocky Mountain National Park and also in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

For Further Information: Continental Divide Trail Society, P.O. Box 30002, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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