The Colorado Trail, South Topographic Map Guide has been designed as the perfect traveling companion when navigating the southern section of The Colorado Trail. In a state known for its trails, The Colorado Trail is Colorado’s premier long distance trail. Conceived in 1973 and completed in 1987, the trail runs 486 miles between Denver and Durango, traversing some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. When The Colorado Trail is traversed from its southern terminus outside of Durango it climbs steeply into the San Juan Mountains where it stays above 10,000 feet for almost 150 miles with only a single steep decent to the Animas River near Silverton. The highest point on the trail is found in the San Juan Mountains at 13,271 feet. After leaving the San Juan Mountains, the trail travels for a short time below 10,000 feet before once again climbing into the Sawatch Range and joining The Colorado Trail North and Collegiate Loop. Each page is centered on the trail and overlaps with adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between passes, camping areas, and trail access points. The map and trail profile provide a step by step visual guide to hiking the trail, mile by rugged mile.