Welcome to the
Continental Divide Trail Society!
We have been working for over 30 years to create and improve the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail -- 3000 miles through the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. We invite you to become a member of the Society, lend us your assistance, and enjoy the Trail.
The mission of the Continental Divide Trail Society is to help in the planning, development, and maintenance of the CDT as a silent trail and to assist users plan and enjoy their experiences along the route.
The Society is a grassroots organization, with about 250 members in nearly every State and several foreign countries.An advocate and resource for the hikers of today and tomorrow, we are funded entirely by membership support and sales of books and maps. Since CDTS was established in 1978, its director has been Jim Wolf, who is also the author of the Society's trail guides. CDTS is a charter member of the Partnership for the National Trails System.
See the sample copy of our newsletter, DIVIDEnds, for an overview of the Society's efforts on behalf of the Trail and its users.
About this Site. In these pages, we outline the location of the trail, offer information that will help in the planning of trips, list books (including Guide to the Continental Divide Trail) and other materials available from the Society, and invite your additional support for the CDT through donations and volunteer activities. Please send comments and corrections to the Web Master.
CDTS AND CDT COALITION PROPOSE
NEW COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS
[4-26: We appreciate the views expressed by our members regarding the proposed arrangements. All comments received were supportive and we will now proceed to complete an agreement with the CDT Coalition.]
Over the past several years, we have watched the Continental Divide Trail Coalition become an active builder, advocate, and promoter of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Increasingly, our groups have joined forces in efforts to develop and protect the Trail – striving for an off-road pathway for foot and stock use. We frequently consult on issues relating to the CDNST; and through our membership in the Partnership for the National Trails System we find common ground on matters of broader concern as well. We are now proposing changes that will result in closer cooperation between our organizations.
The Society has had two primary goals - first, providing information concerning the location and features of the Trail and, second, promoting the planning and development of the CDNST as what we have characterized as "a silent trail."
We believe we can now contribute most effectively by directing our attention to planning and management issues, primarily as related to the national forests, but also for other public lands (BLM and Park Service). We foresee a full schedule of forest plan revisions in the next few years. These (and BLM projects) will require analysis and decision on the basis of new agency regulations.
The key principles of our proposed cooperation are:
(Click here to read the entire text.)
The CDT Coalition has indicated its approval of our proposal. We believe that the arrange-ments will serve the long-term interests of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
We are inviting our members and friends to send comments or questions, which we will consider before making a final decision. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jim Wolf, Director
We will use this space to highlight selected items of interest, primarily:
Current management topics (see What's New?)