The Coalition for Recreational Trails

Dedicated to the protection and enhancement of everyone's right to health and happiness through recreation.


Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects

CRT sponsors the Annual Achievement Awards as part of the ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of the importance of RTP funding to States across America.


About The Coalition for Recreational Trails

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations. Its members work together to build awareness and understanding of the Recreational Trails Program, which returns federal gasoline taxes paid by off-highway recreationists to the states for trail development and maintenance. CRT was formed in 1992 following the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) to ensure that the National Recreational Trails Fund (now known as the Recreational Trails Program or RTP) established by that legislation received adequate funding.

The Department of Transportations' Federal Highway Administration administers the RTP program that provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion— less than one third— of the motor fuel excise tax paid into the Trust Fund from non-highway recreational fuel use. Since 1993, more than 23,000 RTP-funded projects have been funded nationwide and are documented on the RTP database:
The RTP leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of additional support from other sources for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and economic activity across America.

During the six years of ISTEA, CRT worked to ensure that program was continued and strengthened as part of the ISTEA reauthorization process. Following the 1998 passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the 2005 approval of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), both of which significantly increased RTP program funding. CRT’s efforts focusing on RTP’s continued, effective implementation resulted in the reauthorization of RTP with dedicated annual funding of $85 million for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). CRT efforts are now focused on continuing and enhancing the RTP in the next round of transportation legislation.

CRT also sponsors the Annual Achievement Awards as part of the ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of the highly successful Recreational Trails Program. Outstanding projects funded by RTP are honored at the awards ceremony on Capitol Hill in June hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails during the annual celebration of Great Outdoors Month.

Recreational Trails Program Council of Advisors

As a member of the Coalition for Recreational Trails, American Trails urges organizations of every size and interest to become a Supporter of the Recreational Trails Program. CRT has created a Council of Advisors to help support the continuation and expansion of the Recreational Trails Program in upcoming legislation, as well as to encourage State Governors not to “opt-out” of the RTP under the current FAST Act. By joining the Council, the Advisors agree to sign on to letters supporting RTP that will be sent to Members of Congress, the Administration, or to relevant State Governors and/or Legislators. In addition, Advisors are asked to recruit other RTP supporters and to help in a variety of ways.

To date, over 500 organizations have signed on as members of the CRT’s RTP Council of Advisors.

Download the Sign-on Form to join the Recreational Trails Program Council of Advisors

NATIONAL MEMBERS of Coalition for Recreational Trails

Adventure Cycling Association

American Council of Snowmobile Associations

American Hiking Society

American Horse Council

American Motorcyclist Association

American Trails

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access

Back Country Horsemen of America

BlueRibbon Coalition

Conservation Legacy

The Corps Network

Equine Land Conservation Resource

International Association of Snowmobile Admin.

International Mountain Bicycling Association

International Snowmobile Manufacturers Assoc.

Motorcycle Industry Council

National Bicycle Greenway

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

National Park Hospitality Association

National Recreation and Park Association

National Wildlife Federation

Off-Road Business Association

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

People for Bikes

Professional Trail Builders Association

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals

SnowSports Industries America

Specialty Equipment Market Association

Specialty Vehicle Institute of America

Student Conservation Association

Tread Lightly!

United Four Wheel Drive Associations