Appreciate Colorado’s scenic byways with help from smartphone |

Appreciate Colorado’s scenic byways with help from smartphone

DENVER, Colorado – Colorado travelers now have another way to receive interpretive information about Colorado’s 25 scenic and historic byways.

Stories from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are now posted for the state’s scenic and historic byways in Tagwhat, a free mobile application for Google Android, iPhone and iPad.

CDOT’s channel in the Tagwhat app provides information about sites along each byway, such as history, recent site restorations and upcoming improvements.

Using the app, travelers can learn about ghost towns on the Alpine Loop, or about the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge on the Cache la Poudre – North Park Byway.

Other byway locations highlighted in the app are:

Silver Thread: North Clear Creek Falls near Creede

Trail of the Ancients: National Geographic map

West Elk Loop: Restoration of the coke ovens at Redstone

Unaweep Tabeguache: Hanging Flume near Uravan

Collegiate Peaks: Smelter smokestack near Salida

Gold Belt Tour: Schoolhouse restoration near Cripple Creek

Lariat Loop: New facilities at the buffalo herd overlook

Pawnee Pioneer Trails: New facilities at Pawnee Buttes trailhead, including horseback trails.

“Our initial goal is to have at least five information sites about each byway,” said Lenore Bates, program manager of CDOT’s Scenic and Historic Byways. “We already have more than 150 sites available, and more to come. Ultimately, we’d like to have up to 15 sites about all 25 byways or, at the very least, enhance the information that’s already available.”

CDOT purchased and licensed a Scenic Byways channel from Boulder-based Tagwhat for $400. The Scenic and Historic Byway content is in a channel inside the Tagwhat app.

“Tagwhat is thrilled to be working with Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways to bring the great stories of Colorado places to mobile users,” said co-founder and CEO of Tagwhat, Dave Elchoness. “Now residents and visitors will be able to more easily learn about the often invisible, but always awesome, historic and natural sites through the mobile as they pass them.”

Colorado has the most nationally designated byways in the U.S. More byway information is available at: http://www.ColoradoByways. org.

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