Thursday, July 30, 2009

Map Update: Colorado - Front Range Region

A new book "Colorado Trails Front Range Region: Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails"
has been published by Peter and Angela over at Adler Publishing (who have apparently moved from California to Colorado).

Therefore I felt it was time to "upgrade" the Colorado Offroading Maps a bit. I have added all the book's "Trailheads" to the map and will be adding tracks as I can obtain them. Additionally, I have had a couple of trail submissions in the area so there was even more data to add. [For a free Google Earth file of this route see: Colorado Offroad Trails]

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Their publishing the "Front Range" area was a bit of a surprise to me because I was under the impression that they were working on another section of Nevada for their series. This is actually quite OK, however, because I spent a great 10 days riding in the Granby/Rocky Mountain National Park area a few years ago and remember it well.

The "Front Range" rides were even the subject of one of my first attempts at video-making and ended up on an hour-long DVD.

The only problem is that I didn't obtain my GPS unit until much after I began riding, and so do NOT have geo-tracks of our rides (which is a real bummer). So far all my attempts at resurrecting the old map that we used have failed and foray's into the web for replacements non-productive.

For those of you in Colorado, you will notice that the trail folders are a bit sparse of descriptions, waypoint coordinates and tracks. Why don't you help fix it? We all would welcome your ride descriptions and coordinates. Also - I haven't yet ridden these trails personally — so as far as I'm concerned they need to be verified and fleshed out.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or problems with the maps.

Learn A Little More

The book "Colorado Trails Front Range Region: Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails" is an excellent resource to plan an offroad trip in Colorado. Each route is accompanied by turn-by-turn navigational aids going in both directions and photos of sites along the way. If you are going to purchase it, please consider doing so using the links on this page. There will be no extra cost to you, but a portion will go to keeping this site going and the trails coming.


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