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CTF Adopt-A-Trail Overview and Instructions

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Adopters are the Trail's front line volunteers, keeping the Trail passable and reporting trail conditions to The Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF).

The CTF's Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) Program and volunteers accomplish annual maintenance on The Colorado Trail (CT). Each summer, Adopters and their volunteer helpers…

  • Clear fallen trees to make way for trail users early in the trail season and soon after snow melts on your section.
  • Assess signage: intersection signs and trail markers both northbound and southbound.
  • Clean water diversions sometime during trail season to prevent erosion.
  • Report to CTF and AAT Coordinator as needed & requested.

CTF Trail AdopterBy performing this maintenance and reporting back to the office, Adopters and their helpers enable the CTF to continue preserving The Colorado Trail.

Adopters are responsible for the 80 AAT Sections that span the length of the CT.  They vary in length from 1 ½ to 17 miles. Supported by the CTF, Adopters receive leadership, handbooks, access to CTF tools and can involve themselves in orientation and training activities.

The Adopter of each maintenance section is a responsible individual, often representing a family group, Scout Troop, hiking club, mountain bike group, horse club or simply a group of friends. Adopters stick with the task for many years, finding outdoor fun and a sense of accomplishment.

Become part of the volunteer tradition that built this 567-mile trail… become a CTF Adopter!  To inquire, and for more information, contact the CTF Field Operations Manager, Brent Adams.


CTF Trail before adopter's work


CTF after Adopter's work



For Current Adopters

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2014 AAT Reports

Click here to view the 2014 Volunteer AAT Reports and photos.

Trail adopter putting up signs