With more than 45,000 miles of trails in Colorado, there’s something for everyone whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker, equestrian or OHV-user. But how do you go about choosing which trail to explore? The state of Colorado has you covered. The COTREX app, which is also available on desktop, makes it incredibly easy to find trails, plan routes, view maps even when you’re out of cell service range and record your adventures.
The best part? It’s totally free.
The app makes it easy to view specific areas like Rocky Mountain National Park and browse trails with photos and in-depth descriptions to pick one that’s perfect for you. Or, if you’re not sure where you want to go, you can search by keywords like “mountain biking” or “dog-friendly hikes” to find new places to explore.
You can build custom routes to link multiple trails together, or just save your favorites for use offline, so you can navigate on trail. Photos, elevation profiles and step-by-step directions will help you find your way on trails that aren’t clearly marked or have lots of forks.
The trail descriptions on many mapping apps are user-generated, which can lead to inaccurate or outdated information. COTREX works directly with land managers like the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to make sure trail descriptions, including mileage and elevation, are accurate and that information like wildfire-related closures is updated quickly.
COTREX also works with land managers to showcase innovative features like parking lot cameras to show how crowded trails are near Golden. In Summit County, which is home to Breckenridge, you’ll soon find information on how to take public transportation to the trails right in the app.
Recreating responsibly is the key to keeping Colorado’s trails beautiful for generations to come. COTREX has tips inside the app to help you plan ahead and be a good steward on the trails.
Download COTREX in the app store for Apple or Android, or visit COTREX online at trails.colorado.gov.