Trail Tracks Hiking Maps.
Estes Park entrepreneurs and hiking buddies Fran Grooters and Joan
Van Horn recognized a demand for "easy-to-use references for
hiking," but didn't launch Trail Tracks until a skiing trip in
1992. "We were looking at a downhill skiing map and thought it
would be perfect," said Grooters. The pair tracked down the
map's artist, James Niehues, and commissioned a hiking map of Rocky
Mountain National Park, complete with color-coded trails and a key with
mileages and elevation changes. Fourteen years later, there are seven
hiking maps in the Trail Tracks catalog: Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone,
Grand Teton, Zion and Yosemite national parks, as well as Utah's
Wasatch Front and Colorado's Indian Peaks wilderness areas.
Grooters commended Niehues' images for the company's growth:
"He's able to take a 2-D medium and make a 3-D
visualization." About $10 retail.
Made by Trail Tracks Hiking Maps (a partnership), Estes Park, (888)
875-8757, www.trailtracks.com. Available at sporting goods and book
retailers throughout Colorado.