CPW brings state park trail maps to your fingertips

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is making its state park trail maps available from anywhere at the click of a button.

"I actually have it on my phone right now," said Hilary Huff, a park ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "So I can see where I'm at and all of the trails and make sure I get through all of them."

There are new maps for 466 trails across the state on Colorado Parks and Wildlife's website. The maps have detailed information such as elevation gain, type of terrain and what activities are allowed on each trail.

"They can prepare what they need when they're going," Huff said. "They can see, 'Oh this is really going to be a family friendly trail, or 'This is going to be a little steep. We probably don't want to take the kids.'"

The maps are available for all state parks including those on the Western Slope such as James M. Robb and Highline Lake. They can be brought up on a computer, a smartphone or a GPS.

"You'll have it with you," Huff said. "You can map your way through as you're going through. It's really handy. You don't need to carry around paper. It can get caught in the wind or rip."

It took three years for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to complete the updated online trail maps.

Great Outdoors Colorado and the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program funded the project.

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