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Goat Book Map Instructions

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The Goat Book Accessibility Map provides information about outdoor sites or "features" (like trails, lakes and camp sites) that are accessible to folks with various physical disabilities. We hope this map will be of general use to the special needs community throughout the front range, not just our own members. Most of the features are trails that offer short hikes and accessible to those who aren't very athletic. We belifeve all the trails to be wheel chair accessible or navigable--but not necessarily ADA compliant. Some features may also provide accessible fishing or camping, sensory trails, wfheel chair access, guided reading nature walks, or other special accommodations.

So what is a "Goat Book," you may ask? Certain Boy Scouts in the Denver area (called the Order of the Arrow) have long maintained a book of hiking and camping destinations called the Goat Book. The Goat Book Accessibility Map is sort of an addendum to the Goat Book targeted to those with special needs. Most readers will access this addendum as a map but it is also available here in the form of a table. The tabular form provides access for the visually impaired and also has a search facility (try clicking the "options" link).

To learn to use the map, start by opening it. Launch the map in a new window. A terrain map will appear that has green markers containing black dots. Click your mouse somewhere on that map. Your cursor should now look like a little hand with outstretched fingers. Move the hand directly over one of the green markers. The hand now changes so it points with its index finger. Click on one of the markers. A balloon with text will appear, providing information about the particular feature at that location.

Notice the icons to the upper left of the map that resemble compass markings of a conventional map. These provide icons for navigation. The plus and minus signs at the ends of the vertical bar allow you to zoom in and out. Alternatively, to zoom in you can just double click the map. The arrows in the circle on the top let you to navigate the map north, south east and west. If you drag the little figure of a man to some point on the map you will see a photographic view of that location. To return from photo view to the map view, refresh the browser or retransmit the map's Universal Resource Locator (URL) in your browser's address field.

The fields of data displayed in the balloons are as follows:

  • Feature. The name of the feature, such as a trail, lake or campground.
  • Venue. The name of the park or other entity that owns and manages the feature.
  • Suitability. Keywords that indicate how people with special needs can use this feature: hike, camp, fish or restroom.
  • Comments. Supplemental information about this particular feature.
  • Location. A street or GPS address that provides a point of access (such as a trailhead) for the feature. This may be one of multiple trailheads. The access locations we provide are known to Google Maps and can be used for route planning. Unfortunately in a couple cases Google Maps doesn't know about local roads that provide direct access to the trailhead, in which case we provide clarification in the comments.
  • Website. Homepage for the venue, or other source of information about the site.
  • Access. A URL that provides a map or other information about how to reach the feature.

When pasted into the Google Maps search field, the location coordinate will give you the closest driving location to the feature known to Google Maps. Using this you can get driving times and directions to the feature. However, several caveats are in order. This street location will not always not include access roads at the venue that get you all the way to trailhead. Also, this location is not always at a parking spot--you may have to search for parking nearby. Finally, the Denver Area Council, its members and employees and its employees make no warranty, express or implied, and assume no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy of the data contained in this site. We encourage you to obtain current information from the venue or other sources before planning a trip to any of these places.

If you should encounter some information that's inaccurate, wish to suggest additional features, or otherwise have suggestions for improving this site, please contact us.

Note if you are a Google Earth user, you can can also navigate our map using that tool by following the instructions in this article to create and demonstrate a live network link. To do so you will need to copy this link address to get the KML network link paste into Google Earth. Having done that, you will see all our map's features in Google earth, and be able to navigate to them and get driving directions.

We are grateful for the many online information sources that helped us build this site and in particular would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which provides this listing of wheelchair accessible trails which proved most helpful in building our map.

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