The Colorado Trail is Colorado's premier long distance trail. Stretching almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango, it travels through the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains amongst peaks with lakes, creeks and diverse ecosystems. Trail users experience six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges topping out at 13,271 feet, just below Coney Summit at 13,334 feet. The average elevation is over 10,000 feet and it rises and falls dramatically. Users traveling from Denver to Durango will climb 89,354 feet (that's 3x the height of Mt Everest!)
The idea for building a trail between Denver and Durango was conceived in 1973, and the Colorado Trail was officially dedicated in 1988. What's impressive to note is that volunteers built The Colorado Trail and continue to improve and maintain it today.
It's estimated that 150 people complete the entire Colorado Trail each year, with thousands of people hiking, bicycling or horseback riding portions of it.