Continental Divide NST (813)

The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) travels 3,100 miles from the Canadian to the Mexican border with approximately 152 miles traversing through the Pagosa and Columbine Districts of the San Juan National Forest. This 152 mile portion of the Continental Divide Trail #813 passes through both the South San Juan Wilderness and Weminuche Wilderness. There are several trails within the San Juan National Forest that provide access to the CDT.

Visit the Continental Divide Trail Coalition website and make sure to check the Closures & Alerts page to find out if there are any closures, fire bans, or other restrictions affecting the section of trail you’d like to visit.

CDT Signage

At a Glance

Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Most of Continental Divide Trail #813 is within Wilderness areas. Before visiting, please review the full list of Wilderness Regulations which include the following:
  • Group size is limited to 15 people.
  • Combination of people and stock = 25.
  • Dogs under control.
  • No unattended campfires.
  • Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of any water source.
  • Outfitter-guides who receive any form of compensation must obtain a special-use permit to operate on public land.
  • Possession of motorized equipment and mechanized means of transport are not permitted.
  • Please check trailhead signs or Forest Service Offices for site-specific camping, campfire, and livestock regulations.
  • Do not fly drones over congressionally designated wilderness areas or primitive areas as many people seek these places for the opportunities for solitude and quiet that they provide.
  • Practice leave no trace ethics.
Closest Towns: Durango, CO
Bayfield, CO
Pagosa Springs, CO
Water: Purification recommended
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District
Pagosa Ranger District


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