Colorado trail app shows hikers which parks and trails are closed due to COVID-19

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Want to hit the trail but aren’t quite sure what’s still open and what’s closed?

The free COTREX trail app from Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to explore over 39,000 miles of hiking trails across the colorful state. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a number of sometimes confusing closures and restrictions.

As a result of the outbreak, the COTREX trail app has recently been updated to track which trails, parks, and open spaces are currently being closed or restricted throughout parts of the state.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before planning to visit, always check with individual outdoor areas and parks regarding closures. 

The app was originally created to allow users to find local trails and parks, download offline maps, record trips and notes in the field, complete challenges to earn badges, and share experiences.

Colorado trail app shows hikers which parks and trails are closed due to COVID-19

Screenshot from the COTREX trails app, indicating the closure of the Manitou Incline.

The trail filter allows users to customize their adventure beyond just discovering local trails, parks, and outdoor spaces. Users can search based on location, vehicle type, or needs such as wheelchair accessibility and dog-friendly trails.

According to a report from the Denver Post, the COTREX app features 17,099 mapped trails, including 1,431 trailheads, 5,683 miles of hiking trails, 6,821 miles of mountain biking trails, 24,906 miles of motorized trails and unpaved roads, and 1,746 miles of paved bike trails.

If you’re planning to recreate outside, know the rules before you go. Special restrictions may be in place, including a camping ban at state parks that was recently extended into May.

Many outdoor recreation areas remain closed until further notice as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread throughout the state including Rocky Mountain National ParkMesa Verde National ParkGreat Sand Dunes National Park and PreserveRoyal Gorge Bridge and Park, the  Manitou InclineBarr Camp, and  Hanging Lake. As of Tuesday, there’s no set date for when these spots could potentially reopen.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Everyone has an important role to play in slowing the spread of the virus in our state. If you plan to get outdoors, please do so close to home. It’s also best to limit your time on the roads, avoid traveling the mountains and other towns for outdoor recreation.  


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