The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is one of the most significant trail systems in the world. Established by Congress in 1978, it spans 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada, traverses five states and connects countless communities along the spine of the Rocky Mountains.
The CDT encounters some of the most dramatic and wild landscapes left on the planet as it traverses the backbone of America: the Great Continental Divide, which separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. One of the world’s greatest long-distance trails, the CDT is the highest, most challenging, and most remote of our 11 National Scenic Trails.
Thousands of people visit the CDT each year to hike, horseback ride, hunt, fish, mountain bike, ski, and enjoy the landscapes of the American West. For the long-distance hiking community, the CDT is one-third of the “Triple Crown,” and annually, several hundred people attempt to thru-hike the CDT, walking its entire length in one go – but only about one-third will succeed.