Southern Terminus and Shuttle InformationGetting to the Southern Terminus requires some significant planning. CDTC is now offering a service to help CDT South-bounders and North-bounders and CDT section hikers get to and from the CDT Southern Terminus during the high peak travel times. Jump to Shuttle Booking
CDT North bounders:
The North-bound shuttle runs between the dates of February 1-December 31. Shuttles will leave from Lordsburg, NM. Section hikers or South-bounders may also be delivered and/or picked up from the southern terminus at this time. Reservations should be made at least 1 week in advance.
CDT South bounders:
South-bound shuttle pick ups operate from February 1- December 31, to transport hikers from the Southern Terminus back to Lordsburg, NM. Section hikers or North-bounders may be also taken to the southern terminus at this time. Reservations should be made at least 1 week in advance and preferably for thru hikers – 2 weeks in advance.
Water Cache Service:
CDTC maintains five water caches between the southern terminus and Lordsburg. Caches are included as part of your shuttle fee. Each hiker is allotted 2 gallons of water per cache.
If you are NOT using the shuttle service, but would still like us to cache water for you during peak season, please fill out the “New Mexico Water Caches” form at the bottom of this page. The cost for caches is $10/person.
You may also use the cache boxes to cache water for yourself.
The locations of water cache boxes are on our website in the New Mexico Trail Information/Southern Terminus Section. They are also included in Bear Creek Survey CDT Map Books and GPS waypoint files. Here is the link to stash boxes and here is a Southern Terminus Water Sources pdf map of the Trail with the stash boxes on it. We suggest drinking at least 2 Gallons/day/hiker. In office peak season times, CDTC makes periodic checks of the water caches. The caches are also periodically checked and supplied by volunteers of the community of Hachita, NM. We encourage donations to the Community of Hachita via the Post Office for folks not using our cache service, or simply to thank this community of their amazing support of the CDT over the years.
When do Shuttles Run?
The CDTC shuttle operates between the dates of February 1 and December 31.
North Bound Peak Shuttle Season Schedule:
Between the dates of April 1- May 15, CDTC operates regular shuttles to the Southern Terminus. Our permit allows for up to 10 people per day to be delivered to the southern terminus monument. Between the dates of 10/15-11/30, CDTC has more regular scheduled trips due to the pulse of south bound CDTC thru hikers completing their journeys. This is an ideal time for section hikers to also reserve seats for section hikes of the Bootheel. Call CDTC to arrange your trip during these hours to coincide with the pick up of South bound CDT thru hikers.
South Bound Peak Shuttle Season Schedule:
Between the dates of April 1- May 15, CDTC operates regular shuttles. For Southbound section hikers, this is an ideal time to schedule your trip and take advantage of the shuttle operations running on a more predictable schedule. Contact CDTC to arrange your trip. Between the dates of 10/15-11/30, CDTC operates the Shuttle by reservation with expectation of larger groups of hikers to be picked up at the terminus. CDTC requests for south-bound hikers to check in with CDTC regarding your reservation at least 2- 3 weeks out from Lordsburg, NM. Weather can change the border road conditions as well as impact progress and speed of hiking south. CDTC will work with you to schedule the pick up but rest assured we have drivers on standby ready to get you home safely!
OUT OF PEAK SEASON
During out of peak seasons (2/1-4/1 and 5/15-10/15 and after 11/30) CDTC will work with you to schedule your reservation and your trip.
Where does the Shuttle Pick Up in Lordsburg, NM?
The North bound CDTC picks up passengers at 6:30 am Econo Lodge (6:30 am) in Lordsburg, NM (1408 Main St, Lordsburg, NM 88045; phone (575) 542-3666) the morning of your shuttle date. The South bound CDTC shuttle will meet you at the Southern terminus by 10 am the morning of your pick up date, and delivers passengers to the Lordsburg Econo Lodge by 2:30 pm on most occasions. What about fuel canisters, lighters, or that one thing I forgot? CDTC will have both fuel canisters and other odds and ends for sale (at cost) so that just in case you forgot your favorite toothbrush, well, we can get you one. During the trip to the border, CDTC will also have water and snacks because it is a long ride, of course, you are highly encouraged to bring your own.
How is this being made possible?
CDTC is providing this service to help our hikers get to or from the official southern terminus. All costs go directly to fund this effort (vehicle, trained driver, emergency equipment, satellite phone, permit fees, etc). CDTC is operating the service under a Special Use Permit with the BLM Las Cruces Field Office and is coordinating its efforts with the local community and Border Patrol. Please be aware that this operation is managed and reviewed. If you wish to participate in this service, we hope you will help us be successful so we may continue this program by showcasing our CDT community.
How many Shuttles Are Available?
Per our Permit-there will only be 10 hikers taken daily to the Terminus. As dates fill, we will post available dates and work with you to find the best time to start your trip. Reservations will not be available until February 1, 2017. If you need a ride before February 1, 2017-contact CDTC Directly at 303-996-2759 to schedule ride. Reservations will be available 2/1-12/31. We will work to get everyone to the border, but our permit only allows for up to 10 people per day.
How to Hike in the Desert
Travel to Lordsburg
Lordsburg and Hachita Services
Shuttle Information and Sign Up
Shuttle fare includes:
- Five water caches between the Southern Terminus and Lordsburg (2 gallons per cache)
- A one-year membership to the CDTC
- CDT Hiker Registration Card: entitles you to discounts at hotels and services along the trail
- CDT Buff
- CDT Completion Certificate (redeemable whenever you finish)
Can I Cancel or Change my reservation? Reservations and prepayment are required 48 hours in advance. Please note: there is a 48-hour Reservation change/cancellation policy- reservations may be changed or cancelled up to 48-hours, cancellations/no shows occurring within 48-hours will not be refunded. We understand things happen, especially when travelling to this part of the country. We will work with you in most all situations to get you to the Terminus if unpredictable events occur. Please keep us informed if these incidents arise as others may be waiting to get on the shuttle list if you are unable to make your pre-arranged time.
For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-996-2759.
2017 Shuttle Registration
2017 Shuttle Reservations:
You MUST fill out the information below. Only ONE shuttle ticket can be purchased per rider. For multiple riders please fill out the form and make additional purchases. We apologize for the inconvenience but this ensures that we know who is on the shuttle each day.
As of April 26, if you still need to reserve a space on the shuttle please email email@example.com or call 303-996-2759.
New Mexico Water Caches
If you are NOT taking the CDTC shuttle, we will cache water for you during peak season for a $10/person fee. This includes 2 gallons per cache at all 5 caches. In the drop-down menu, please select the first date that you will need the water so we know when to cache it for you.
This form will be updated in the fall for Southbound thru-hikers and fall section hikers.
If you have questions about the water caches please email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.