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The Colorado Trail, 9th Edition
The Colorado Trail, 9th edition

Colorado Trail Foundation

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  • Detailed information for the entire Colorado Trail, including the new Collegitate West section
  • Expert advice on planning
  • Detailed descriptions of every mile
  • Information for resupply at nearby towns

USD $26.95


The Colorado Trail is considered by many to be the most beautiful “long trail” in the world. Spanning 486 miles from the Denver suburbs to Durango, Colorado—plus 80 miles of the new Collegiate West addition—the trail  passes through six national forests and six wilderness areas, traverses five major river systems, and crosses eight mountain ranges.

The ninth edition of The Colorado Trail has all the information a day hiker, thru-hiker, mountain biker, or equestrian needs to plan and complete a trip on The Colorado Trail. New to this edition are five chapters on the 80-mile Collegiate West trail addition. Maps and written descriptions for all 28 segments of The Colorado Trail have also been updated throughout the guide. 

Each chapter provides essential logistical information for the Colorado Trail: trailhead directions; road access points; detailed trail descriptions including distance and elevation gain; color maps and elevation profiles; and information on water sources, campsite locations, and resupply towns. Additional town maps and mountian bike detour maps (around Wilderness Areas) have been included throughout the book.

An extensive introduction includes information on planning, supplying, safety, equipment, navigation, mountain biking, horseback riding, regulations, and backcountry ethics—plus chapters on the heritage of The Colorado Trail, natural history, and geology. At the back of the book you will find useful contact information and an index.  

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