The 500 mile Colorado Trail

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One of the best hikes in the world

Colorado Trail


This is a MAJOR long distance adventure like the Pacific Crest Trail. You need do a lot of advance planning. If 500 miles is too much we recommend 3 highlight sections:

  • Collegiate West 80mi (4-7 days) <site><trip>
  • San Luis Pass to Molas Pass (4-7 days)
  • Silverton (Molas Pass) to Durango (4-5 days) <trip>


  • Colorado map486mi (782km) from Denver to Durango
  • shares 234 miles with the Continental Divide Trail
  • 4-6 weeks
  • highest point is 13,240ft (4035m)
  • average elevation about 10,347ft (3048m)
  •  long stretches where resupply is difficult
  • no permits required
  • wildflowers best in July

Looking for inspiration? 🙂 Click PLAY John Bryant Baker 2012 on YouTube.

See more on our Colorado Trail information page.

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