Along America’s Backbone: The Continental Divide Trail

Winding along the spine of the continent, at the parting of the Atlantic and Pacific watersheds, the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail has long been renowned for its remoteness, challenge, and breathtaking beauty. One-third of the “Triple Crown” of the American wilderness backpacking, along with the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, the CDT is one of the largest conservation efforts in the history of the United States, and a labor of love for the network of volunteers, land managers and owners, local Gateway Community members, Indigenous  tribes, and many other stakeholders, who seek to complete, promote, and protect it. The trail’s lead non-profit partner, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition(Opens in a new window), is approaching its tenth anniversary next year, with great cause to celebrate. Now 96% complete on public lands, the Continental Divide Trail continues to be a destination for recreation, education, community, worship, history, and more, for visitors all over the globe as well as local residents. And with the introduction of the Continental Divide Trail Completion Act(Opens in a new window) in 2021, the future of the trail has never looked brighter.