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New digital map displays Summit County’s extensive network of federal, county and town trails and trailheads
Michael Wurzel, Open Space & Trails Department
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department has just released an interactive digital map that allows users to explore local recreational amenities and resources, including open space parcels, natural surface trails, paved pathways, campgrounds, trailheads and trail portals.
The online map is user-friendly on mobile devices and desktops. Users can zoom in and out, find their current location, search for trails and other resources by name, view a legend and turn various layers on and off. Clicking or tapping on individual recreation resources on the map reveals details like trail names, permitted uses, trail length, number of campsites and more. The map also shows topographic contour lines and identifies geographic features, including mountain peaks, lakes, rivers, U.S. Forest Service lands, Wilderness areas, streets and highways.
“Summit County is home to so many amazing natural treasures, so I like to think of this new tool as our 21st century treasure map,” Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “It’s great to have all these resources in one place so you can find trails and open spaces that are new to you and plan ahead for your next adventure.”
To access the map, visit www.summitcountyco.gov/trailmap. The map was developed in-house by the Summit County GIS staff, which has spent many years compiling geographic data about local trails and open space properties.
“We set out to create a centralized hub of information on recreational resources and amenities within Summit County,” Resource Specialist Michael Wurzel said. “We worked closely with all our partners at the local and federal levels to ensure that it would be as comprehensive as possible. When you see all the trails, trailheads, pathways and access points to our public lands, it makes you feel pretty grateful to be here.”
The Summit County Trails Map showcases the investment of local open space funds into recreational access throughout the county. In many cases, Summit County’s open space purchases and construction of trailheads, trail portals and trail extensions have unlocked USFS trails and public lands that would otherwise have limited or no public access. More than 300 land purchases and dedications have provided access or recreational use through the Summit County Open Space Program.
“The map highlights our community’s commitment to connectivity and access for all forms of outdoor recreation. No matter where in Summit County you live or visit, there are several trailheads and many miles of trails nearby,” Wurzel added.
The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department encourages the public to use local recreational amenities and surrounding public lands in a manner that protects these resources for everyone. All of the trails displayed on the map, including the Summit County Recreational Pathway System, allow for multiple uses, so it’s important to be courteous and safe on trails and follow proper etiquette, including Leave No Trace practices. For more information about recreating responsibly, visit www.LNT.org.
For more information about the Summit County Interactive Trails Map, or the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department, email Michael Wurzel or call 970-668-4066.