CDT Food Drops

We have 30 food drops on the CDT.  This means that we will be getting to a town every 4-5 days.  Our longest food drop is 7 days and the shortest is 2 days.

There are three different ways thru-hikers handle food drops: Mail all of our food, buy everything when you get to town, and a combination of these two.  We will be mailing most of our food.  Why?  Because it saves us a lot of time and money.  Since a number of towns on the CDT have  Walmart’s and other large grocery stores, we have sent only dinners, breakfasts, and  limited lunches to those locations.  We can buy other lunch items at the stores.  There are four of us and buying food in small towns can get very expensive.  Pulling together food for 5 months is a little daunting.  We have to plan very carefully to get the variety of food we will need and make a good guess as to what we will want to eat in 4 or 5 months.  Having planned another long thru-hikes, we have a good idea of what we like to eat and what supplies we will need.

Some people have asked us if they could mail us care packages.  The answer is yes, but there are a few things to be aware of.

The most important thing is to address items to Tim Umstead or Ann Holston.  Make it “OR” not an “and”.  If an item is addressed with an “and” the Post Office will require both of us to be there to receive it.  Most of the time this will not be the case.  One of us will be off getting food or a room and the other will be getting the mail.  Please use “or”.

On the CDT there is only one food drop that only receives UPS, all others are US Post Offices.  I will note which food drop is which.  In some cases if you do not send the item by the correct carrier we will not get it.

To make sure your mail gets to us in time, mail it about two to three weeks before our arrival date.  Most places will hold our mail for 3-4 weeks.  One thing to remember is our itinerary is not written in stone.  We will deviate from it.  You will need to keep an eye on our location and our itinerary and adjust appropriately.

Food Drop Address in order (UPS only, all others USPS):

Tim Umstead or Ann Holston
c/o General Delivery
401 Shakespeare St
Lordsburg, NM 88045-9998

c/o General Delivery
500 N Hudson St
Silver City, NM 88061-9998

c/o Doc Campbell’s Post
HC 68 Box 80
Silver City, NM 88061

c/o The Toaster House
Hwy 60 South at Mile Marker 56
Pie Town, NM 87827

c/o Hugo & Carole Mumm
837 Houston Ave
Grants, NM 87020

c/o General Delivery
6358 Main St
Cuba, NM 87013-9998

c/o Ghost Ranch Conference Center
HC77 Box 11
Abiquiu, NM 87510

c/o General Delivery
199 5th St West
Chama, NM 87520-9998

c/o General Delivery
250 Hot Springs Blvd
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-9821

c/o General Delivery
138 W 12th St
Silverton, CO 81433-9997

c/o General Delivery
803 Gunnison Ave
Lake City, CO 81235-9707

c/o General Delivery
310 D St
Salida, CO 81201-2843

c/o Twin Lakes General Store
6451 E State Hwy 82
Twin Lakes, CO 81251-9724

c/o General Delivery
518 Brian Ave
Silverthorne, CO 80498-9990

c/o General Delivery
520 Center Dr
Grand Lake, CO 80447-9997

c/o General Delivery
200 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487-9998

c/o Days Inn
2222 E. Cedar St.
Rawlins, WY 82301

c/o Friends of South Pass City
125 S Pass Main St
South Pass City, WY 82520-8703

c/o General Delivery
804 Ramshorn St
Dubois, WY 82513-9746

c/o General Delivery
1000 Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-9900

c/o Send It Home
PO Box 468
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

c/o Mountain View Motel
PO Box 277
Lima, MT 59739
c/o General Delivery
115 S Railroad St
Leadore, ID 83464-9998

c/o Sula Country Store and Resort
7060 US Hwy 93 S
Sula, MT 59871

c/o General Delivery
218 Main St
Anaconda, MT 59711-9999

c/o General Delivery
2300 N Harris St
Helena, MT 59601-9998

c/o General Delivery
237 Main St
Lincoln, MT 59639-9998

c/o Darwin or Shellie Heckman
422 County Line Rd
Farfield, MT 59436

c/o Brownie’s Hostel
1020 Montana Hwy 49
East Glacier Park, MT 59434