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The Trail is calling. It needs YOU!

The Great Divide Trail Association is a not-for-profit organization supported by volunteers, members, hikers, partners and sponsors who make the Great Divide Trail experience possible. And we need your support!

Become an important part of the Great Divide Trail community today.


Your subscription to the GDTA newsletter also helps the Association build the trail! The more members, donors, followers, and yes, even subscribers we have, the more credibility the association has when negotiating with land managers and other partners. Similarly, large numbers helps to strengthen our applications for trail development grants, and make us a more attractive partner for corporate donations. So sign up now and tell your friends! It’s a free way to stay informed and to help protect and maintain this amazing treasure.

Become a Member

We are a membership organization built by the support of people like you. By purchasing an annual membership with the Great Divide Trail Association, you are supporting the trail experience that you love and contributing to the completion and long-term preservation of the Great Divide Trail.


Donations go a long way to helping us achieve our goals of the completion and long-term preservation of the Great Divide Trail. You can donate to the Great Divide Trail Association in many different ways – all of which are greatly appreciated!  The Great Divide Trail Association is a registered charity #761911718RR0001 and Canadian Not-For-Profit Corporation and all donations of $20.00 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt.


The Great Divide Trail Association is primarily a volunteer-run organization, so we’re always in need of passionate individuals who love the outdoors. Even if you have just a few hours to give, it can make a big difference. There are always lots of ways you can get involved, including remotely and outside of peak-hiking seasons! No matter what your skills or interests are, the GDTA has a role for you. 

Become a Supporter

We always appreciate companies and organizations who are interested in supporting our work on the trail. 

Sign up to do Trail Maintenance

Join us in the mountains. Build trail. Sleep under the stars. Be inspired.

Trail Crew Volunteers are a vital component in the building, maintenance, and protection of the GDT. Each year our GDTA volunteer-led Trail Crews take out new and seasoned volunteers to conduct trail work. Projects can include building, maintaining and improving trail tread, removing fallen trees, repairing and building trail structures, brushing and clearing vegetation, as well as blazing and signing the trail. Most GDTA projects do not require previous trail maintenance experience as training on tool use and safety is provided by Trail Crew leaders. And all this in the spectacular setting of the Canadian Rocky Mountains!

If you are interested in volunteering on one of our Trail Maintenance trips, read about our past and present Trail Maintenance Trips, check out our GDTA Volunteer Guide, or contact us at

Join the Board of Directors

Every September the Membership of the Great Divide Trail Association votes in new members to our Board of Directors. As a director you help set the strategic direction for the organization and ensure that mission and values of the association are upheld. If you have a passion for the Great Divide Trail and want to help steer it, then maybe a role on the Board of Directors is for you. Most board members start out by volunteering in other capacities.

Submit Content

The GDTA regularly publishes Pathfinder, a high-quality Magazine-style newsletter featuring stories from or about the GDT, written by those that have experienced it first-hand. We’re always on the lookout for new authors. If this interests you, please contact for more information about submission guidelines.

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