Trail Days in Silver City will celebrate the 40th birthday of the Continental Divide Trail

The 40th birthday of the Continental Divide Trail will be celebrated during Silver City Trail Days. The event takes place April 27-29, 2018 and is the fourth annual Trail Days festival. It not only celebrates the Continental Divide, but also the outdoor culture of New Mexico and Silver City being a gateway community.

“Trail Days brings people from all over the world to experience the beauty of southern New Mexico,” Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner said. “The Continental Divide Trail is a wonderful asset to our state and our community, and this event is the perfect way to celebrate and learn more about the Trail.”

The free festival welcomes seasoned hikers as well as those who have never set food on the Continental Divide Trail. It’s being organized by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. This year marks the 40th year since Congress designated the CDT in 1978. The party will take place Friday, April 27 at the Seedboat Gallery and will feature local music, door prizes, beer, wine and a giant birthday cake.

Those interested in learning more about hiking and other recreation on the Continental Divide Trail can attend presentations Saturday and Sunday on the campus of Western New Mexico University. Topics will range from desert hiking safety to diversity in the outdoors, to planning multi-day hiking trips along the Continental Divide Trail.

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