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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What makes this application different than the other trail apps out there?
    • Over three years in the making, COTREX apps utilizes data from 230 land managers making it the most comprehensive map of trails in Colorado.
  • Who can use the trails applications?
    • COTREX is for everyone – hikers, bikers, ATV riders, equestrian riders, wheelchair users and others.
  • Is the application free?
    • Yes!
  • Do you need to have an account in order to use the applications?
    • No - the core functionality of the application does not require an account. If you want to post content to COTREX (such as saving a route), you must have an account that requires, at a minimum, an email address, username, and password.
  • What constitutes a “trail” in COTREX?
    • 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. 
  • Can I use the applications offline?
    • Yes! You can download offline maps to navigate trails when you don’t have cellular service. 
  • How will these apps fit with others that are already out there, like the Crested Butte/Gunnsion Trails App (CBGTrails)?
    • While we have built a robust tool that includes most features that land managers and the public want, there still may be locally desired features that COTREX does not address. For instance, the CBGTrails app in the Gunnision Valley integrates with Strava. This allows them to hold a trailquest race to see which local can bike all trails in the Gunnison Valley Trail System the fastest (Spoiler: this lady won).
  • The trail near my house isn’t on COTREX. Why?
    • 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.
      • 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 COTREX?
    • 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 [email protected].  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.
  • Are winter trails represented on the apps?
    • Currently there are no winter trail uses on COTREX, but the state will be building them into the application by Nov 2019. You can also visit the land manager’s webpage to see if they have their own winter maps or allow year-round use on their trails.
  • Are there any challenges or games within the apps?
    • 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.
  • Will COTREX user data be used to improve trail information as well as inform management and maintenance decisions?
    • Yes! Users can submit map feedback when trails or note trail obstacles such as downed trees.
  • What additional features are being considered for future COTREX versions? 
    • Pending funding and other resources, the state is considering adding in stewardship projects and other local alert functionality, winter trail data development, and support for additional vector layers.
  • How will the data be maintained and updated over time? 
    • The contractors who built COTREX, Natural Atlas, will be refining the data until May 2020. 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.
  • How can I suggest new Featured Routes?
    • Follow the instructions at https://goo.gl/forms/mY6yTPND5852foGr2. 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.
  • Can I request new app features?