39,000 miles of Colorado trails in one map

Just in time for summer hiking and camping trips, Colorado has unveiled its massive statewide map of more than 39,000 miles of trails.

Prior to the map, navigating some trails required a piecemeal approach, as different parts of a trail may be managed by different jurisdictions. But the Colorado Trail Explorer combines maps from all different trail managers into one big interactive map.

Map managers, more than 200 of them, worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and mapping company Esri to provide the data that includes more than 17,000 trails and 1,400 trailheads.

The map is color-coded to to indicate whether a trail allows mountain bikes, has motorized access and even those designated as urban bicycle routes.

CPW officials say they anticipate the number of trails on the map to grow. The department is also working on a mobile app — the current desktop map is user friendly, however.

The trail explorer was a key component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative, which aims that within a generation every Coloradoan lives within 10 minutes of a trail or park.

“The Colorado Trail Explorer builds on our Colorado the Beautiful initiative by giving people quick and easy access to recreational opportunities and more readily connects people with the outdoors,” said Hickenlooper in a statement.

“Consolidating trail information that traditionally exists in dozens or hundreds of places into a single application makes it easier for Coloradans to find the trail options that might be just beyond their back door or near a favorite destination.”


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