The nearly 500-mile Colorado Trail is adding a new section expected to be ready for hiking this summer. The section takes part of the Canada-Mexico Continental Divide Trail and incorporates it into the Colorado Trail. Executive Director of the Colorado Trail Foundation Bill Manning says the new 80-mile route offers users a scenic alternative to the current route.

“The existing users will have a choice when they’re traveling the Colorado Trail and they get as far Southwest as Twin Lakes they’ll get to a particular junction where they’ll make a decision on whether to go right on the Collegiate West or left on what we call the Collegiate East or the route that has been the Colorado Trail for a longer period of time.”

The route doesn’t increase the total distance of the trail, but creates a 160-mile loop in the area. The Colorado Trail runs between Denver and Durango.


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