Colorado Governor Jim Hickenlooper has a goal that warms the cockles: he wants every Coloradan to live within 10 minutes of a park, trail or open space.
He calls it his Colorado Beautiful plan.
To help make good on that, his administration just launched COTREX, an interactive biking map that, when completed this October, will contain detailed information of every path, road and trail in the state. All in, that’s 39,000 miles of hike- or bikeable trail.
This was no easy feat. Trails span jurisdictions (city, town, state, federal), and until a database was established, these lines were often blurry or undefined. When the project began in 2015, the state had to employ people to verify information and work between government branches. And it’ll have to be continually revised as more and more trails come online.
The map live as of Friday, and can be viewed on your desktop or mobile device. With filters that let you search for different trail features, difficulty levels and more, the tool will point you toward the optimal adventure for your needs.
If you’re going to Colorado (or already live there), you’ll now have the means to make a very good — and meticulous — plan.
Good on ya', Guv'nor.