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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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How are trails that cross private land shown on CTS?

Trails that cross private property are not shown on CTS. Whether or not an easement has been granted it has been determined that a trail crossing private property, legally or not, that trail will not be shown to cross private property.

There’s a trail on CTS that crosses my land that I want shown, how can I do that?

Please fill out the Report an Issue form to get the information to the CTS administration team. They will then follow up with any additional information requests.

There are other mapping sites out there. How is CTS different?

The CTS is designed to enhance the outdoor recreationists’ experience by providing:

  • A comprehensive and up-to-date map of trails in Colorado;

  • Increased opportunities for discovering new trails;

  • Efficiencies for planning an outing & finding access to trailheads;

  • Better tools for exploring Colorado’s outstanding network of recreational trails.

This is done by providing curated, authoritative data provided directly by the land management agency. While some existing sites do this as well, CTS is the only site that shows every type of trail for every type of user in one platform.

Why is CTS important?

The overall mission of the CTS is to develop and promote the use and protection of one of Colorado’s most valuable resources – its open space and recreational opportunities that it presents - by expanding a connected and accessible statewide trail system. It will be built on a solid foundation supported by building and maintaining geospatial content and associated software applications that encourage the use of our trail system, thereby also supporting healthy lifestyles, for both adults and children.

Can I download trails to my phone?

It is possible to download GeoPDF’s to your phone from CTS for offline use:

  • Step 1: Get the free Avenza PDF Maps App in the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store or here.

  • Step 2: Install the free the Dropbox App on your smart phone from your phone’s app store or by visiting :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeoPDF, https://www.dropbox.com/android or https://www.dropbox.com/iphoneapp

  • Step 3: Download a GeoPDF from CTS by zooming to the area of interest with the extent needed and hit the Print GeoPDF icon button in the upper right corner. Save to your Dropbox.

  • Step 4: Open the Avenza PDF Maps App on your smartphone. Click the + button on the app’s home screen and following instructions to add the map you want to view online before hitting the trails.

The trail near my house isn’t on CTS. Why?

The trail near your house might not be on CTS for a couple reasons:

  • The trail manager hasn’t participated in CTS because of capacity issues or lack of GIS access.

  • The trail near your house is a social trail and isn’t officially recognized by the land manager as a legal route.

How can I get the trail near my house on CTS?

Work with your land manager to find out if the trail is a legal route or if it isn’t on CTS because of capacity issues. If the latter, please work with your land manager and fill out the short linked form to get the information to the CTS administration team. From there the CTS team will help decide what the best course of action is. If the trail is not a legal route, it will be entirely up to your land manager to decide if it should be inventoried or not. Be aware that inventorying a social trail generally involves environmental and planning reviews in addition to mapping its alignment. Your land manager may decide that it’s in the best interest of the property and the agency to not incorporate the trail into the system.

I work for a municipality and there are some trails that aren’t accurate on CTS. How can I get those changed?

The CTS team plans on crosswalking data from land managers on a regular basis. If a trail is inaccurate on the CTS website please start by working with your trail manager and fill out the short linked form to get the information to the CTS administration team. The result of the inaccuracy will be assessed and the CTS team will contact you for further action to remedy the situation.

Can I download the data for commercial use?

At this time, the CTS data is not available for commercial use. We are currently working on a sharing agreement so please stay tuned.

Is the data available for government and non-profit organization internal use.

At this time, the CTS data is not available for for government and non-profit organization use. We are currently working on a sharing agreement so please stay tuned.

How can I report issues with the CTS app?

Please fill out the short linked form to get the information to the CTS administration team. They will then follow up with any additional information requests.

What about winter trail uses?

Currently there are no winter trail uses on CTS. The CTS administration team is currently assessing the availability of winter data and outlining a plan for implementation.

Where are all the USFS non-motorized trails?

Trail information is currently available on the Visitor Map for several National Forests, but not all of the units. As trail information becomes updated and available it will appear on the map forest by forest. If a trail is missing on Forest Service land please contact the local Forest Service office for trail information. To see a list of which Forests and Grasslands have published trails data for the Visitor Map and CTS, please visit the Data Status Page for the Forest Service.