Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #5





  • 20 National Forests! See the complete list below.

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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) extends 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada across a range of landscapes in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Most of the CDT is located on National Forest System lands-, traveling 2,140 miles through 20 National Forests and 4 forest service regions. Trail users enjoy equally diverse experiences along the trail; from the wild and remote backcountry to popular front country segments—some that run through the middle of towns, like in Grants, New Mexico and Grand Lake, Colorado.

Portions of the trail in every Forest Service region have substantial maintenance needs, including trail segments that are closed or in poor condition due to the effects of wildfires, flooding, and tree mortality.

The Forest Service is working in partnership with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) and other groups along the CDT to respond to these challenges. The goal is to double the number of volunteers working on the CDT and double the number of miles of the CDT maintained by volunteers on National Forest System lands by the end of 2020. The effort includes developing a trail-wide adopter program to perform annual maintenance and expanding the CDTC’s Gateway Community program, promoting trail pride, stewardship, and local economic benefits for communities close to the trail.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Examples of Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and logs over the trail
  • Repair and replace drainage structures
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Conduct general trail maintenance
  • Reestablish trail markers at trailheads and trail junctions

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Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include:

  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC)
  • Colorado Trail Foundation
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • Backcountry Horsemen of America- multiple Chapters
  • Southwest Conservation Corps
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
  • Salmon Valley Youth Employment Program
  • Headwaters Trail Alliance
  • Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
  • Montana Bicycle Guild
  • New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors

National Forests Involved


  • Beaverhead-Deerlodge 
  • Bitterroot
  • Flathead
  • Custer Gallatin
  • Helena-Lewis and Clark


  • Bridger-Teton
  • Shoshone
  • Medicine Bow-Routt (Wyoming & Colorado) 


  • Caribou-Targhee
  • Salmon-Challis


  • Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison
  • Rio Grande
  • Arapaho-Roosevelt
  • San Juan
  • White River
  • Pike San Isabel

New Mexico

  • Carson
  • Cibola
  • Gila
  • Santa Fe

Learn More & Get involved!

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Brenda Yankoviak, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Administrator
Phone: (303) 275-5322