Get on the Divide at TrailFest 2009!

Join CDTA as we promote the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail with free guided hikes and bike rides, outdoor booths, live music, volunteer trail-building opportunities and fun for all ages! Learn how volunteers are helping to build and protect this incredible trail from Mexico to Canada.

Honored Attendees of this year’s event will include Joel Holtrip, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Forest Service; and Jim Bedwell, U.S. Forest Service Director of Wilderness, Recreation and Heritage Resources. They will be part of the CDTA presentation between 5pm and 6pm at CDTA Base Camp in McPhelemy Park, Buena Vista, Colorado.

This free event, open to the public, celebrates the 3,100 mile-long Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. TrailFest features free guided hikes, outdoor booths, clinics and activities for kids. Create an adventure for you and your family on the highest and wildest trail in America!

What: TrailFest 2009
When: August 8, 2009
Where: Buena Vista, Colorado in McPhelemy Park (at the intersection of Hwy. 24 and Main St.)

Highlights:

*14 exciting “Get on the Divide Adventures” – free guided treks – for all ages and skill levels. Featuring everything from family-friendly hikes to mountain biking to high-alpine treks.
*CDTA Base Camp at McPhelemy Park featuring outdoor booths with free gear demos, outdoor recreation info, kids scavenger hunt and more.
*Music in the Park features local, regional and national talent. (band schedule available online)
*Silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Continental Divide Trail.

Visit www.cdtrail.org/trailfest for more details and to register for an Adventure. Onsite registration for trip still open will occur from 5-8pm on Friday and beginning at 6am on Saturday. The first 50 to the park Friday evening or Saturday morning will have the opportunity to test out a new Osprey pack!

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The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the “King of Trails” will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.

Since 1995, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance has played a central role toward the completion, management and protection of the Trail and it is the voice for unity in the diverse story of the Trail.

For more information about the Continental Divide Trail, call (303) 838-3760 or toll-free (888) 909-CDTA (2382). Or visit www.cdtrail.org.

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