Backpackers travel the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado

Gateway Community

In December of 2015, South Fork was named the first designated Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community in Colorado. The Continental Divide Trail Coalition seeks to benefit communities along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Launched in 2013, this program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the CDT as an important national and local resource.

Established by Congress, in 1978, the Continental Divide Trail is one of the most significant trail systems in the world. Globally considered one of the greatest long-distance trails, it is the highest, most challenging, and most remote of our National Scenic Trails. The CDT passes over US Highway 160, approximately 17 miles west of South Fork, at the top of Wolf Creek Pass, as part of the 3100 miles it traverses from Mexico to Canada.

Long distance hikers and day hikers use South Fork as a base or a stopping off point during one of the most beautiful sections of the hike, the majestic San Juan Mountains. 

If you would like to help with keeping the CDT the treasure it is, volunteers will be working on trail stabilization and improvements in the summertime. Find out more at

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