App connects locals and visitors to the Colorado outdoors


A new app developed by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now live. It’s called COTREX, which is short for Colorado Trail Explorer.

It’s for all trail users, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorized recreation. 

Through the COTREX app, you can find out if the hike you are about to go on allows dogs, if you’ll have to share the trail with horses or bikes, and what kind of a workout you’re in for, showing mileage and elevation gain.  

The app allows users to access to explore more than 39,000 trail miles, and more than 2,000 trailheads, all data gained from CPW. You can also record trips and leave field notes. 

Compared to the All Trails app, people like it because doesn’t cost money and it’s local. 

Lorene Graves lived in Colorado Springs for 13 years and now has lived in Indianapolis for 13 years. She was back visiting Colorado trails and said the app is good for visitors too. She plans to use it to explore new trails.    

“I think more people who aren’t experienced with hiking and don’t know their way around Colorado as much, it would be good for them to see what they are getting into on a trail,” said Faith Hutt, a student in Colorado Springs.  

It was part of former Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “Colorado The Beautiful Initiative” in 2016.  

“Really important to get people outside even in Colorado drawn to screen and drawn to staying inside, every weekend we were outside,” Graves said.  

“Get off your couch, it’s free, its good exercise and nothing beats the fresh air,” said Scott Sarbacker, who is new to Colorado.  

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