Public Lands and the Continental Divide Trail Study

The primary goal of this study was to understand who uses the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), how they use it, their preferences, and the economic impact of the CDT in the region. Additional data were also collected regarding protecting public lands and using the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado.

by Continental Divide Trail Coalition

The mission of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition is to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The CDTC does this by building a strong and diverse trail community, providing up-to-date information to the public, and encouraging conservation and stewardship of the trail, its corridor, and surrounding landscapes. 2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition’s vision is to see that the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail remains a renowned and revered natural resource for people to connect with friends and family, draw inspiration, and create outstanding personal experiences.

The primary goal of this study was to understand who uses the CDT, how they use it, their preferences, and the economic impact of the CDT in the region. Additional data were also collected regarding the protection of public lands and the use of the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado.

Attached document published February 2023

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CDTC has four pillars of focus: stewardship of the Trail, promotion of the Trail, building a strong Trail community, and building an organization with sound governance. These pillars guide our long-term direction as well as our day-to-day efforts to complete, promote, and protect the CDT.

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