City of Steamboat Springs launches new interactive trails map
May 1, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Planning for a bike ride or a run in Steamboat Springs just got easier.
Residents and visitors now have access to a new interactive map from the city that provides a slew of information about all 51 miles of the trails in Steamboat.
The mobile-friendly map also shows the status of the trails at Steamboat Ski Area.
"This really is catered toward hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders," city GIS administrator and map designer Mary Schuette said.
She said it's possible the map will be expanded in the future to also include trails that are outside the city limits.
The new map will be particularly useful this time of year as residents start to inquire about which trails in the area, especially up on Emerald Mountain, are dry enough to be open.
Clicking on a trail will generate a pop-up showing the trail status, its length, width, difficulty rating, acceptable uses, surface type and average grade.
Schuette said some of the information such as the grades and difficulty ratings still are being uploaded this week.
A GPS tracking feature on the map lets anyone with a smartphone or tablet view their current location in relation to a trail.
The map also will come in handy for mountain bikers who ride in the Town Challenge races.
Riders can get access to detailed route information well before the race so they can practice the course and use tracking to make sure they're on the correct route.
"We can't flag the courses very early because the flags can get destroyed," Schuette said.
The map is one of several the city has launched in recent months.