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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.

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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.
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Title Annotation:Colorado Cool Stuff
Author:Peterson, Eric
Publication:ColoradoBiz
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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