You can view the web version at trails.colorado.gov. Or, you can search COTREX in the Google Play Store and Apple Store for the mobile app.
Over three years in the making, COTREX apps utilizes data from 230 land managers making it the most comprehensive map of trails in Colorado.
COTREX is for everyone – hikers, bikers, ATV riders, equestrian riders, wheelchair users and others.
Yes! The Cotrex app is free to use.
No, you do not have to have an account to use the basic functions of the COTREX app. However, you do need an account and be logged in if you want to post content to COTREX (such as saving a route).
Yes! You can download offline maps to navigate trails when you don’t have cellular service.
While we have built what we think is a robust tool including most features land managers and the public want, there still may be locally desired features that may not be addressed in COTREX. For instance, the Crested Butte/Gunnsion trails app (CBGTrails) integrates with Strava. CBGTrails held a trailquest race to see which local could bike all trails in the Gunnison Valley trail system the fastest (Spoiler: this lady won).
The trail near your house might not be on COTREX for a couple reasons:
The trail manager hasn’t participated in COTREX because of capacity issues or lack of GIS access.
Work with your land manager to find out if the trail is a legal route or if it isn’t on COTREX because of capacity issues. If the latter, please work with your land manager and have them contact Natural Atlas, the contractor who built COTREX, at COTREX@state.co.us. 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.
You may also submit map feedback directly by right clicking the map on the web or tapping the green plus button on mobile apps. Please provide as much detail as you can about what's missing or incorrect as well as contact information so we may request clarification if required.
Currently there are no winter trail uses on COTREX, but the state is looking into adding this feature. That said, you can visit the land manager’s webpage to see if they have their own winter maps or allow year-round use on their trails.
A recreational trail is a common route legally traversed by the general public utilized primarily for recreational purchases. An urban road can be considered a trail if it provides important connectivity to a larger route, or, if it has dedicated bike facilities.
Yes! Users can complete “challenges” to earn badges. For instance, there is a Colorado state wildflower challenge where users must “note” (record in the app) one Colorado Blue Columbine in order to be awarded a badge.
Pending funding and other resources, the state is considering adding in stewardship projects and other local alert functionality.
Fill out our online form to suggest a new featured route. Please keep in mind that the COTREX team will consider other nearby featured routes, level of detail, and land manager approvals before any suggested routes are published.
Users can submit map feedback about trails or note trail obstacles such as downed trees. We use this data to improve trail information as well as inform app management and maintenance decisions
The contractors who built COTREX, Natural Atlas, will be refining the data until May 2019. At that time, the state may choose to renew their data maintenance contract. Land managers may provide specific feedback on the app or directly to Natural Atlas, submit full datasets when updated, or be set up with access and training to edit their data directly on trails.colorado.gov.
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