Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) has been on the bucket list of just about every long-distance backpacker since its establishment in 1978.
At 3,100 miles long, this epic trail follows the U.S. Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada, traversing through five states along the way and is considered part of the thru-hiking community’s “Triple Crown,” which also consists of the 2,650-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail to the west and the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian trail to the east. Wyoming is home to 550 miles of the CDT, traveling from Yellowstone National Park down through the Snowy Range in Medicine Bow National Forest. This monumental trail winds through a diverse selection of some of Wyoming’s most pristine and breathtaking areas, including the stunning mountains of the Wind River Range, the sweeping desert of the Great Divide Basin and the historically significant South Pass City. Developed as one extensive hike, the CDT offers plenty of opportunities for day use and weekend enjoyment, too. Many outdoor enthusiasts flock to portions of this trail to view wildlife, fish, snowshoe, hike, horseback ride and take in the scenery.