Colorado Parks and Wildlife unveiled Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) to much fanfare earlier this summer, a project aimed at providing outdoor recreation trail data throughout the state. COTREX allows users to zoom in on a map to find hiking, cycling, horseback or motorcycle/ATV trails anywhere in Colorado.
Washington and Idaho are the only other states that have undertaken a similar effort, according to Lauren Truitt, public information officer and website manager for CPW. Truitt says COTREX is most similar to Idaho’s offering, though, Washington’s is not quite as comprehensive.
COTREX relies on information provided by Federal, state, local, and in some cases, private land managers to assemble the data that goes into the interactive website, optimized for both desktop and mobile devices.
Using COTREX is pretty easy. Users can zoom into any part of the state to see trails in the area, each highlighted in different colors depending on the use — green for non-motorized trails, orange for multi-use trails, red for motorized trails and blue for on-street bike routes. Once a trail is selected, a window with basic information about the trail shows up, expandable with another click to show more information about the trail, including the name of the trail, land manager information, allowed uses, openings and closures, and more.
Though the information provided is useful, and the program accomplishes its goal to be…
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