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THE FIRST PHASE OF A COMPREHENSIVE statewide trail map that is a key component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative is now available online as work continues to complete the project.
In recognition of National Great Outdoors Month, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is putting a preview of the project — the Colorado Trail System (CTS) — online ( to demonstrate the power of providing easy access to public recreational information to more readily connect people with the outdoors.
CTS is making tracks to connect people, trails, and technology while promoting and enhancing Colorado’s world-class system of recreational trails through targeted, curated content in a geographic context for a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts. A dynamic and accessible tool, CTS will make public trail data from across management jurisdictions available to anyone looking to get out and enjoy Colorado’s amazing and beautiful trails.
CTS is a statewide effort, in collaboration with local, state, and federal trail managers and support staff. The map will grow, enhance, connect, and market statewide outdoor recreation resources.
CPW has invested in the development of an online platform to display recreational data, but the power of the map will be driven by the data inside it. In the coming months, CPW will reach out to local governments in the state to offer them the ability to integrate their trail information into this system.
More information for local governments is available in the CTS — Data Integration Guide (visit and click on Data Integration). A beta launch of CTS is slated for fall 2016, and a full launch is planned for spring 2017.


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