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Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
 
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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trial, also known as "the King of Trails" runs from Canada to Mexico, through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Within Colorado, travelers will be led through a wide array of ecosystems and terrains. These include towering mountain peaks, spectacular alpine tundra and high desert landscapes. Backpacking trips along this incredibly long route must be well planned to successfully and safely journey through these diverse conditions. Plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities exist along the way, and the Trail even passes through a number of ghost towns. Near Lake City, visitors of the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail can enjoy various winter sports, including skiing.

Total Length in Colorado:  800 miles

Activities:
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Hunting
  • National Trail
  • Winter sports
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail
  • Primitive camping
  • Campgrounds
  • Restrooms



     

Directions:  There are various access points all along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. For additional information, contact one of the BLM Field Offices, preferably the local office for the area you wish to visit.


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About the Continental
Divide National Scenic Trail