Discover and explore Colorado’s unique trail experiences with the Colorado Trail Explorer. Available for free, COTREX offers the most comprehensive trail map available for the state and is built atop data from over 230 trail managers.
View trails by allowed uses on the map, browse featured routes, download offline maps, record trips and notes in the field, complete challenges to earn badges, and share your experiences with the community. COTREX is your gateway into Colorado’s magnificent outdoors.
■ DISCOVER TRAILS & FEATURED ROUTES
– Browse or search to find trails and Feature Routes that match your activities or interests.
– Change activity type to dynamically filter trails on the map.
■ OFFLINE MAPS
– No cell coverage? No problem! Download maps ahead of time for a continuous experience that doesn’t depend on your network.
– COTREX offline maps are lightweight in size and easy to download.
■ RECORD TRIPS & FIELD NOTES
– Capture the details of your outdoor experiences by recording Trips.
– Go beyond simple photos by taking and classifying rich Field Notes along the way. Choose from 45,000+ classifications that include trail conditions, species, rocks and minerals, historic places, points of interest, and much more.
– Seamlessly sync activity recorded on your devices with the web.
■ COMPLETE CHALLENGES TO EARN BADGES
– By recording and classifying Field Notes, you can complete Challenges and earn Badges for your profile.
■ SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY
– Inform and inspire the entire COTREX community by sharing your Trips and Field Notes publicly or submitting Trip Reports.
– View activity feeds for all users or just the ones you follow.
– By sharing your experiences, you also help to inform trail managers about current conditions on the ground.
■ ABOUT COTREX
The Colorado Trail Explorer endeavors to map every trail in the state of Colorado in support of the Colorado the Beautiful Initiative. COTREX connects people, trails, and technology by coordinating the efforts of federal, state, county, and local agencies to create a comprehensive repository of recreational trails for public use.
This project is led by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Department of Natural Resources, but is only made possible through partnerships with organizations at every level statewide. COTREX represents a seamless network of trails managed by over 230 land managers.
[Battery Life] We do everything we can to make the app low power when recording, but GPS is notorious for reducing battery life
Ratings and Reviews
Been Waiting for This!
Finally a trail navigating app that is run by the people that control the trails! I only just downloaded the app, I will update this review when I take it out and use it around the Taylor Park area. Huge props for actually having the trail names on here, instead of just the trail numbers. That one feature makes it better than the other apps that I have been using for trail navigation. One suggestion to the developers: take the community aspect of this app to the next level. Make it to where you can add friends and leave comments on each trail that can either be seen by friends only, or the public. This would enable people to warn trail goers of dangers (rockslide, fallen trees, etc.). Also make it to where you can form a group. Say you are riding with 4 other people that each have their own OHV/ATV. You could share a pin/waypoint with the whole group so that if anyone gets separated, they would know where to go. Add the ability to send a distress call, that can be seen be sent to all nearby app users as a push notification. (For example: “Ran out of gas”, or “rollover, broken leg, need help”). This app is already amazing, but also has so much more potential! Thanks devs!
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the suggestions – we’re always evaluating ways to improve the experience! One thing you can do today is post Trip Reports, associated to either existing trails or a Trip you’ve recorded, and tag specific users for notification. You can also tag specific users on your own Trips, Field Notes, and Custom Routes. Finally, each of those can also have visibility set to Public, Private, Unlisted, or Tagged Users. Trip Reports will always be publicly visible, however. Don’t hesitate to email us anytime at COTREX@state.co.us if you have other questions or suggestions.
This is the hiking app I have always wanted!
We have used this app on 4 hikes so far, and it has been fantastic! Every time the trail is vague or has multiple forks, this gives you the guidance you need. We went to a popular trailhead on the weekend that was packed. My wife joked that it looked like the security line at the airport. We used this app to find a nearby trail where we met zero other hikers in 5 miles, and the views were fantastic. It was so nice knowing exactly where you are on the trail, and knowing all the nearby trails. We also love the ability to download map blocks so you aren’t lost when there’s no cell service.
Good app! Great for motorcycle riders!
EDIT: my first review was all wrong! This app has every trail you know of for moto, OHV etc. it gives you all the need to know info about it ( I like seeing if it’s a gravel road or real trail) I haven’t seen it yet on here but I still may be wrong, but it would be nice to have a feature to review the trails so people can hear if it’s in good shape, weather damaged etc. So far though this is by far the best app when it comes to being a motorcycle trail rider. It’s clear information so you know if you’re on a road=LP or trail=sticker so you won’t run into trouble.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, COTREX currently has 1,740 miles of motorcycle-only trails and a further 19,120 miles of trails & roads open to other vehicles. If you’re only seeing 3 results, could you please contact us at COTREX@state.co.us with the search/filters you used (or screenshot)? You should be seeing a short list of Featured Routes allowing motorcycles followed by a long list of motorized trails. If you switch the activity mode to motorcycle while browsing (dropdown in upper right) , look for trails with large dots for motorcycle-only trails (MVUM-like styling).
- State of Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
- 108.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © Colorado Parks and Wildlife
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.