Welcome to the
Continental Divide Trail Society!
We have been working for nearly 40 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.
The Society's primary publication is the Guide to the Continental Divide, a series of seven volumes (updated from time to time) describing the route from Canada to Mexico. (The description in each book is presented north to south, except v.1, Northern Montana, which is also presented south-to-north). In some cases -- particularly Southern New Mexico -- the guidebook deviates from the official route in order to offer a recommended desirable alternative.
[The Society has recently revised the Southern Montana and Idaho guidebook (vol. 2 of the series). The text, as in the past includes Part 1 (Rogers Pass to Chief Joseph Pass) and Part 2 (Chief Joseph Pass to Macks Inn, with a brief appendix extending to Yellowstone Park). The new volume is available in electronic form (.docx) only, not as a printed book. It can be ordered online on the Shopping Cart (Store tab, above).]
From 1980 to our reorganization in cooperation with the CDT Coalition in 2015, the Society also published its biannual newsletter, DIVIDEnds, (click on the red link to view a sample copy), which reported on hikers' experiences, Trail relocations and management plans, new publications by CDTS and others, etc. Back issues are available (Shopping Cart tab). Instead of the newsletter, we now distribute to members a year-end review of our activities over the previous 12 months. (As we no longer mail the newsletter, membership dues have been eliminated, though members are still invited to make voluntary contributions to the Society.)
Refer to the Contact Us tab if you have questions or desire additional information.
Address: 3704 North Charles St. (#601)
Baltimore, MD 21218
CDTS AND CDT COALITION ANNOUNCE
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 pleased to announce that our two organizations have formalized arrangements designed to assure closer cooperation.
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.
For further details, please read cooperation agreement.
RECENT MANAGEMENT TOPICS (see What's New?)