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Resupplying on the Colorado Trail is fairly easy.   Food is readily available throughout the entire Colorado Trail (CT).  With the exception of one area. Finding water shouldn’t be an issue as there’s very few dry sections.  Logistically speaking the Colorado Trail Race (CTR) is probably the easiest of the three trails in the Triple Crown of Bikepacking (Arizona Trail, Tour Divide and Colorado Trail).  That didn’t stop me from making this Colorado Trail Resupply Guide, to make your life even easier.

Despite being the easiest trail to resupply and find water on, you should still set up an Itinerary before you go.  Having more information available will only increase your odds of finishing. Don’t let your lack of planning be the reason you don’t reach the finish line.

My options for resupplying on the CT came from the Atlas Guides/Guthook app and the Colorado Trail Data Book.  You can also try the Bikepacking.net’s forum.  There is also a Facebook page for the CTR.  Here in this Colorado Trail Resupply Guide you’ll find everything I learned and more to help you plan your own race/tour of the CTR.

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TOWN RESUPPLY OPTIONS

In regards to Resupplying, the toughest stretch is between Silverton and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.  It’s a distance of around 186 miles without an on trail resupply option.  There are two optional off trail resupply location in the 181 where one could resupply but they involve many extra miles and thousands of feet of elevation loss.  For those touring who don’t want to carry tons of food these might be the only option.

The resources below is based off the race GPX and every effort was made to accurately determine mileage.  The mileage, what’s available and any other information should be used at your own risk. These should be paired with your own research.

TOWN LIST AND NEW DATA SHEET

2019 DEN » DGO – SOBO CTR Sheet and Town List

2019 CTR Data Sheet North to South
2019 CTR Town List North to South
2019 Data Sheet includes:
  • Key POI’s
  • Elevation / Pop of POI
  • Mileage numbers
  • Distance to next
  • Elevation +/-
  • Avg. & Max Grade between POI
  • Pavement sections
  • Services available
  • Important notes
  • Elevation profile
  • Finish Target Times

$20.00 – Purchase here. Metric version here.

2019 Town List includes:
  • Better format
  • More key notes
  • Phone numbers added for key locations
  • More pavement sections called out
  • Elevation profile added
  • Finish Target Times added

$20.00  – Purchase here. Metric version here.

Example of Data Sheet

2019 CTR Data Sheet

Example of Town List

2019 CTR Town Sheet

2019 DGO » DEN – NOBO CTR Sheet and Town List

2019 CTR Data Sheet South to North
2019 CTR Town List South to North
2019 Data Sheet includes:
  • Key POI’s
  • Elevation / Pop of POI
  • Mileage numbers
  • Distance to next
  • Elevation +/-
  • Avg. & Max Grade between POI
  • Pavement sections
  • Services available
  • Important notes
  • Elevation profile
  • Finish Target Times

$20.00 – Purchase here. Metric version here.

2019 Town List includes:
  • Better format
  • More key notes
  • Phone numbers added for key locations
  • More pavement sections called out
  • Elevation profile added
  • Finish Target Times added

$20.00 – Purchase here. Metric version here.

Example of Data Sheet

2019 CTR Data Sheet

Example of Town List

2019 CTR Town Sheet

Mileage Chart

Colorado Trail Mileage Chart Planning Guide
2019 Mileage Chart:
  • Quickly find the distance between any two points along the route, SOBO or NOBO.

$9.99 + tax Purchase here. Metric version here.

More Resources

Below you’ll find a Mileage Difference chart. The Google link below will be take you to the chart, as well as a Gear List, Planning Checklist, Itinerary, Mail Drop Planner, and Food Planner.

Colorado Trail Mileage Differences Planing Guide

This spreed sheet is available on Google Docs, Please highlight entire sheet then copy to your own sheet. Then make all the changes you like! Happy planning and trails.

WATER RESUPPLY

Water sources along the CTR are not hard to find.  With this in mind I have not made a water report like I did for the AZT.  My capacity for the Colorado Trail Race was 3.5 liters.  I had a 3 liter Platypus Hoser and one 20 oz cycling bottle (which I lost very early on).  Use your head and keep tabs on your levels and you should be fine, it’s rare you’ll go very long without water.  For more on water carrying and filtration options checkout the gear section of this guide.

Water bottles - Platypus Platy - Sawyer Squeeze - Colorado Trail Resupply Guide

ITINERARY

Whether you’re racing or just touring the CTR you should at least have a rudimentary itinerary. You don’t need to stick to it, but the simple act of making it will help you familiarize yourself with the route. Having an itinerary is a good way to stay focused and also remind you of what your goal is.

In the accompanying “Bikepacking, pre-trip considerations” post,  there’s more details on Itineraries.  Covering a wide array of subjects like making a plan, gear, to health and personal considerations, and dealing with electronics.

Both the Colorado Trail Foundation and the Climbingdreams website are good reference points.

Below you’ll see an example.  There’s a link to make a copy.  This link also will supply you with Gear Lists, Planning Checklist, Mail Drop Sheet, and Food Planner.

Pro-Tip

A big part of setting up an Itinerary is knowing what’s available and how difficult something is.  Do you due diligence and collect all the information you can.

Itinerary planner for bikepacking & thru-hiking / hiking

This spreed sheet is available on Google Docs, Please highlight entire sheet then copy to your own sheet. Then make all the changes you like! Happy planning and trails.

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The Colorado Trail Foundation are the acting stewards of the trail and help manage/maintain it.  Because of them and their members you have this amazing trail to ride.  Please consider donating or joining a work crew, so they may continue their amazing work

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