Continental Divide Trail Days

Silver City, NM, United States
From April 22 to
April 24, 2022
3 days
/ 4 routes
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Complementary: Gastronomy, Music, Talks
Organizer type: Association
Continental Divide Trail Coalition


Continental Divide Trail Days

Friday, April 22

Talks of the Trail Speaker Series

9 am – 4 pm at the Old Post Office Building (402 W Broadway Street, Silver City, NM)
Join CDTC for a day of speakers highlighting the many ways people connect to the cultural, historic, and environmental resources of the Continental Divide Trail.

Gabaccia Moreno and Nuestra Tierra - 9:00-10:15 am

Gabaccia Moreno is a first-generation Mexican-American multi-disciplinary creator, consultant, and passionate outdoor advocate #ExploringResponsibly wherever life takes her. Having grown up in Veracruz, Mexico to a family of hunters and ranchers gave her an appreciation for the land and its wildlife at an early age. Today she serves as National Monuments Fellow for Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, where she is involved in the creation of national campaigns, like the Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E. and the Monumental SHIFT, seeking to make the outdoors more equitable and protecting our lands and waters. She’s also the Executive Director of The Outdoorist Oath, an organization creating educational tools and models to help and encourage people to become allies for planet, inclusion, and adventure. In 2021, Gabaccia was the resident host for the She Explores podcast and a contributor at In her free time, you’ll find her outside, probably fishing, hunting, hiking, or backpacking.

Hike the Divide Film Screening and Q&A - 10:30-11:45 am

View the film Hike the Divide, and enjoy a question and answer period with filmmaker and hiker Connor DeVane.

“Hike the Divide: A Conversation about Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail” follows filmmaker Connor “Bard” DeVane on his 2016 southbound thru hike as he seeks hope in the face of climate breakdown. The film shares the stories of community problem solvers and grassroots activists he meets, marking a trail from apathy and resignation to hope and engagement. Hike the Divide presents a spectrum of approach to climate solutions, including regenerative farming, municipalization of utilities, non-violent civil disobedience and more. Join us to watch a shortened “teaser” version of the film, cut just for CDTC Trail Days, and to participate in a conversation with Connor about the Continental Divide’s climate future, ways to get engaged with climate solutions, filmmaking while hiking and more.”

Connor “Bard” DeVane (2016 SoBo) is an independent filmmaker, writer, community organizer, permaculture designer, and lover of the living earth. All his work is centered on changing the narrative of human-kind’s relationship to the community of life. He grew up in various suburbs of various American mega-cities until having his perspective split wide open by the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014. He currently lives in Sonoma County, California where he works with Daily Acts Organization to build connected, equitable and climate resilient communities.

Derick Lugo, author of "The Unlikely Thru-hiker" - 1:00-2:15 pm

Storytelling is Derick Lugo’s forte; he’s the author of the popular book, The Unlikely Thru-Hiker, a humorous memoir of his 6-month hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. He has written several pieces for outdoor magazines, short stories for various books and is currently working on two new books, including a children’s book. He’s a sought-after keynote speaker, adventurer, and host of the Unlikely Stories Podcast.
To learn more about Derick Lugo, his new writing projects, and his next adventure, follow him on InstagramFacebook and at

About The Unlikely Hiker
Derick Lugo had never hiked, camped, or pitched a tent a day in his life. He certainly couldn’t imagine going more than a day without manicuring his goatee. But with a job cut short and no immediate plans or responsibilities, this Brooklyn-born, New York City urbanite began to contemplate the possibilities several months of free time could offer him. The Appalachian Trail was the set stage from a book read years ago, attempting to hike all 2,192 miles was never a serious thought, yet suddenly he found himself asking, “Could I do it?” The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of a young black man setting off from the big city with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude. What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, race relations, and nature’s wild unpredictability. Through it all, Derick (Mr. Fabulous) refuses to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna, persevering with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming that sees him from Georgia to Maine.

Thruhiker Panel and Q&A - 2:30-3:45pm

Amiththan ‘BitterGoat” Sebarajah is a writer, distance hiker and a collector of stories. First generation refugee, Amiththan’s family fled a civil war to settle in Canada. His first solo backpacking trip was a thru hike, on the Appalachian Trail in 2013 at the tender age of 31. He has since hiked over 7k miles worldwide and advocates for diversity in the outdoors as well as diverse ways of approaching the outdoors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Continental Divide Coalition. This year, you can follow him along on the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails as he walks for his Triple Crown. As a transplant to North America & survivor of civil war his advocacy and activism are rooted in the ways in which land as a socio-political construct and lived reality underpin belonging. Amiththan believes that “movement is medicine,” that a prolonged walk is both therapeutic and meditation. He currently lives in a glacial valley in British Columbia, the ancestral homelands of the Ktunaxa people and the Grizzly bear.

Before they met, Alexa “Highlight” Tubbs thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 and Matt “Brew Hiker” Leef hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016, 2017, and the Death Q in 2018. They met in 2019 while hiking southbound on the Continental Divide Trail in Glacier National Park. Since then, they’ve done vanlife, thru hiked the Colorado Trail, and now begin their next adventure to open a mission-driven craft brewery in Silver City, New Mexico. Open Space Brewing Company dedicates a portion of proceeds each year to support local outdoor recreation, trail building and conservation in New Mexico and along the Continental Divide. The hiker-owned brewery hopes to inspire adventures, community, and give back to the trail and open spaces where they met. Buy beer, build trail!

CDT Evening Celebration

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Main Street Plaza 704 N Bullard St, Silver City, NM 88061
Join CDTC for music, drinks, and dancing in celebration of the CDT! Plus, support CDTC’s work to complete, promote, and protect the trail, and you could win some awesome gear to help you get ready for your own CDT adventure!

Free Camping in Gough Park

Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23
Thru-hikers are able to put down tents in the evening and must be removed from the park by 7 am in order to prevent damage to the lawn.

Saturday, April 23

Community Pancake Breakfast

9 – 10 am at Gough Park
Enjoy a free pancake breakfast to kick off the day!


Gila Earth Day x Continental Divide Trail Days Festival

Saturday, April 23 | 10 am – 2 pm
Celebrate and protect the unique environment surrounding Silver City! Games and prizes, vendors, music, gear, food, bouncy house, and more! For a festival map, click here.

Sunday, April 24

Community Hikes

8 am, Silver City Visitor Center
Join community members to experience the CDT and Silver City Trails for yourself! Check out the variety of hikes for different skill levels and durations will be available!

MCCOMIS PEAK: Join Heart of the Gila (HOTG) for this half-day hike, a moderate steady climb, to one of the most unique, panoramic views in the area. McComis Peak is off Bear Mountain Road, with a trail head less than 15 minutes outside of Silver City and lying just a few miles northwest of the Continental Divide Trail.

MANGUS VALLEY: This hike is approximately a 30 minute drive from Gough Park in the Burros. It can be tailored to the group and is either 3 or 6 miles, depending on the interest of participants. Get ready for a great view!

QUARTZ MOUNTAIN: This is a 8.5 – 9 mile moderate to strenuous out-and-back hike along the CDT south from the C Bar Ranch Road trailhead off Hwy 90. We will hike out from the trailhead for about 4.3 miles until we reach Quartz Mountain, one of several beautiful protrusions of pure white quartz rising from the rolling hills. We will be hiking at a steady pace with occasional stops for water and to admire the expansive views of the approach from Lordsburg. At Quartz Mountain we will stop to explore the area and eat lunch before heading back to the trailhead. NOTICE: This is not a stroll or a nature walk. Due to the length of the hike and the presence of a particularly long, somewhat steep, uphill segment, this hike is not suitable for small children or individuals with knee or hip problems or other mobility issues. This excursion is for seasoned hikers accustomed to hiking long distances, and well adapted to our high desert climate and elevation.

BOSTON HILL: Nestled up against downtown Silver City, this 600+ acre public openspace offers a network of varied trails offering views of the city, fascinating geology and mining history and natural beauty. We plan a shorter hike of 1-2 hours of easy to moderate difficulty for people of all ages, and we will decide on a trailhead and route best accommodating the interests and capabilities of those choosing to go. Limit of 12 hikers.

Silver City, NM, United States


Continental Divide Trail Days

Transportation and Lodging

Camping will be available during Trail Days at Gough Park in downtown Silver City! Tents are allowed so long as folks take them down early in the morning so the grass won’t be damaged. Camping is permitted for Friday, April 22 and/or Saturday April 23. Please note that setup in Gough Park for the Gila Earth Day x Trail Days Festival and pancake breakfast will begin at approximately 8 AM on Saturday. This is the third year that Silver City has allowed campers for Continental Divide Trail Days. Remember to treat the park nicely and be sure to Leave No Trace!

For those looking for more amenities during their stay in Silver City, the town is home to a wide variety of lodging options. Some of our favorites are listed on our Silver City page (as well as lots of other helpful information about the town and its connection to the CDT), or you can find a more complete listing of places to stay via Silver City Tourism.

Silver City is a 2.5 hour drive from El Paso, a 3-hour drive from Tucson, and a 4-hour drive from Albuquerque; travelers can also fly into Grant County Airport, just a half-hour’s drive from downtown, via Advanced Airlines.

Corre Caminos offers inexpensive bus service to Silver City from Lordsburg and Deming, NM, both of which are home to Greyhound stations that can connect riders to destinations throughout the Greyhound network.

Sign up for a Sunday Morning Hike

What better way to spend the last day of Trail Days weekend than out exploring the trails of Silver City! We will have several hikes, from family-friendly to moderately challenging, on Sunday morning. Stay tuned to find out more!


Q: How much does Trail Days cost to attend? 

A: Trail Days is free to attend! However, there will be raffles with lots of great prizes to win during the Friday night celebration and all day Saturday, so if you’ve got some spending money, we recommend coming prepared. You can buy raffle tickets with cash or credit, and all proceeds benefit the Continental Divide Trail Coalition.

Q: Can I bring my family? 

A: Trail Days events are family friendly! Our joint festival with Gila Earth Days will feature many fun activities for kids, including a bounce house, a K-12 art contest,

Q: What’s the scoop on camping?

A: Camping will be allowed at Gough Park. Please note that setup in Gough Park for the Trail Days Festival and pancake breakfast will begin at approximately 7 AM on Saturday. Remember to treat the park nicely and be sure to Leave No Trace!

Q: What if I don’t want to sleep in the park? 

A: Silver City has great lodging options for all budgets — check the “Transportation and Lodging” tab above.

Q: What’s the scoop on food and drink? 

A: Drinks will be available for purchase during Friday night’s celebration thanks to Little Toad Creek Brewery, and there are many local restaurants within walking distance. Silver City’s Kiwanis Club will be providing a free pancake breakfast to kick things off Saturday morning, You’re on your own for the rest of your meals — good thing Silver City has lots of great restaurants!

Q: Can I BYOB? 

A: Nope. Vendors will be on hand Friday night serving drinks for purchase. No alcohol or glass containers will be allowed in Gough Park. This will be monitored and enforced by event staff. On Saturday night we encourage you to head downtown for the Trail Days Celebration at Little Toad Creek Brewery, where there will be a variety of craft beers and other beverages to enjoy!

Q: How do I sponsor Trail Days?  

A: Contact our Development Program Manager, Lauren Murray, at

Q: How do I become a vendor for Trail Days?

A: If you are interested in being a vendor at this event please email

With additional questions or concerns, contact Gateway Community Program Manager Andrea Kurth at


Continental Divide Trail Days