ASPEN (June 30, 2014) – A
map of hiking and biking trails, historic sites, fishing easements, parks and
more in Pitkin County is now available online and via a free mobile app.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has worked with a host of other
local agencies and a site development firm to create www.pitkinoutside.com – a resource for
recreational amenities throughout the county, from city parks and county open
space to the national forest. The Etkin Family Fund at the Aspen Community
Foundation donated $28,000 to help fund the project.
“We are constantly asked for maps of Pitkin County’s trails and open
spaces, but because we are continually adding new amenities, they are quickly
out of date,” said Lindsey Utter, recreation planner for the county’s Open
Space and Trails program. “Sky Mountain Park is a great example. There are two
new trails there that are less than a year old and there will soon be a third.
We get requests for a map of the park all the time.”
With pitkinoutside.com, a desktop computer user is able to choose
between satellite and topographic base maps and search for parks, trailheads,
hiking and biking trails, fishing easements, points of interest, nordic trails,
climbing areas and more. Trail mileage and elevation information is also
available. Users are able to export a GPS file or print a PDF map. The mobile
app allows downloads for use when the user is out of cell range.
“A number of people have spent countless hours compiling the data to
make this site work,” Utter said. “It is, nonetheless, a work in progress and
will be updated on a regular basis.
“We hope people get out there and try it. It has been a long time
coming,” Utter said.
Contact: Lindsey Utter
Recreation Planner, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails
970 920-5224 or email@example.com