The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) was formed in 1995 to assist the federal land management agencies in the completion, management and protection of the Trail.
The CDTA is a 501-c(3) nonprofit organization with nearly 3,000 members working to increase public involvement, volunteer commitment and private sector support on the CDT. To date this grassroots movement has made a tremendous impact on the Trail. 9,500 CDTA volunteers have dedicated more than $5 million of labor; Individuals, foundations and businesses have committed more than $14 million toward our efforts; and 2,050 miles of the CDT have been completed.
Increasing pressures from development in the West, rising land costs, and decreases in federal funding are threatening the completion of the Trail. It was imperative that the CDTA be established to increase the public’s awareness and involvement in completing one of the most unique and scenic ecosystems in the world.
The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) hosts volunteer trail projects in along the Great Divide from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park each summer. Some projects are day trips, some weekends and some week-long projects. You can also choose from car camping or backcountry/backpacking projects.
CDTA brings all the food, provides a trained and experience Crew Leader, tools and safety gear, stock support if necessary (horses and mules) and group cooking gear. You just bring your personal camping gear and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get dirty.
When you volunteer on a CDTA trail work project you not only give back to our National Trails System, but you are helpign to build a legacy and a part of our nation's history. The Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail are well-known long trails that are completed and well-maintained.
However, the CDT still needs more work. With 72% of the trail left to complete and connect - this is history in the making! Be a part of the legacy and donate today or join a trail project this summer.
The Continental Divide runs along the spiny ridge of the Rocky Mountains. Easily some of the most rugged, wild and scenic country our country has to offer. Running through the Crown of the Continent, this area is also home to grizzly bears, wolverines, wolves, elk and other important species that use the Continental Divide as their travel corridor between and summer and winter months. This is truly a unique and special place we should all be proud to protect and enjoy.
“I had an awesome time! Ranger Bill and the CDTA staff were very knowledgeableand organized. I would love to work with this crew again.” Adel Johnson, Helena, MT
“So rewarding and worthwhile — as always.” Sharon Hadley, Lenexa, KS
“Great time! I can’t wait to go on another one!” Wendy Chatham, Crested Butte, CO
“Great experience working with my son and others with different backgrounds, but similar interests in trails. It was an excellent opportunity to give back.” Jerome Mittman, Northville, MI
“A very well organized project that went very smoothly. Jane the chef, Dick the Crew Leader and Mary from the Park Service all did excellent work to make it a very nice experience.” Mark Sheets, Thompson Falls, MT
“Everyone worked very hard to improve our beautiful trail. I was proud to be a part of it.” Leona Sonne, Truth or Consequences, NM
Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA)
All adults and youth welcome (with guardian)
No trail work experience necessary, but some projects require backpacking experience. You will enjoy your time on the trail if you are physically fit and ready for an outdoor experience.
NONE - FREE!