The Colorado Trail wanders through some of the most spectacular sections of the Rocky Mountains between Denver and Durango, it runs in an east west axis a distance of almost 500 miles. The trail has an average altitude of more than 10,000 feet and you will be continuously ascending and descending throughout your journey. The route travels through terrain that is in sight of many of Colorado’s fourteeners and many opportunities to do some peak bagging along the way.
Two routes of the trail share the path with the Continental Divide Trail, one branch for eighty miles and the other for nearly half the entire trail’s length. It was conceived in 1973 as a project for the Bicentennial but was not complete until 1987, constructed and maintained by the members of the Colorado Trail Foundation, a non-profit organization.