The dream of a 3,100 mile-long trail spanning the backbone of America from Mexico to Canada was realized when Congress designated the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 1978. Once complete, the CDT will connect countless communities along its spine across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico traversing three national parks, one national monument, 20 national forests, and 8 BLM areas.
Considered one of the greatest long-distance trails in the world, along with the Appalachian (A.T.) and Pacific Crest (PCT) Trails, they make up "Triple Crown" of National Scenic Trails. However, unlike the AT and PCT, the CDT isn't finished. CDTC's work focuses on engaging volunteers, communities, and anyone who loves the public lands of the American West in our stewardship activities, which includes protecting the CDT Corridor, and then building the CDT so that future generations may experience this amazing landscape. Nearly 5% of the Trail still needs us to finish the job and we can't let this nationally significant experience falter under our watch.
In 2018, the CDT will celebrate its 40th anniversary and in celebration of this we are challenging everyone to help us "blaze the CDT" and sign the entire 3,100 miles by the end of 2018 (even those segments still on highways). Your support will help us recruit, train, and outfit over 300 volunteers (or hopefully more) as we take on a huge grassroots effort to get this done and help showcase the power and commitment of the American Public to complete one of the greatest conservation projects of our generation. Help us show how important our public lands are to everyone on this planet and specifically, what the landscapes and watersheds along the backbone of the North American Continent mean to all of us who stand in their shadow. #GivingTuesday #BravethCDT