Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

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Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

New Mexico

(505) 876-2783


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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail provides for high quality, scenic, primitive hiking and horseback riding recreational experiences, while conserving natural, historic, and cultural resources along the Continental Divide. Extending 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada, the trail traverses landscapes primarily on public lands within 50 miles of the geographic feature. This National Scenic Trail was established in 1978 through the authority of the National Trails System Act, and is one of the outstanding resources of the National Landscape Conservation System. The New Mexico portion of the trail is home to the pike, pronghorn antelope, roadrunner, lizard, javelina and turkey vultures, as well as, pinon-juniper, ponderosa pine, cottonwood, aspen, mesquite, leafy aster, prickly pear, and yucca.

Where the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail crosses Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico the route does not ordinarily have a tread. Except where it follows ranch roads, the trail is identified with line of sight signs. Equestrian facilities are intermittent and in various stages of development. No facilities as yet have been generated specifically for the trail. Due to the remote nature of the Trail, thorough preplanning for resupply is necessary. Trail users are responsible to provision their own water. Camping on state land is allowed with a permit.

Map of Continental Divide Nat'l Scenic Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 35.128626, -107.827481



  • Climbing

    The trail passes areas with opportunities for climbing.

  • Hiking

    The trail offers miles of scenic hiking through New Mexico, home to a vast variety of wildlife and plant species.

  • Historic Sites

    The trail passes historic sites, unique ecological areas and formations, and offer the opportunity to see some of New Mexico's wildlife.

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Continental Divide Trail Alliance

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. To date, 2,050 miles of the CDT have been completed.

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(505) 876-2783