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It is no secret that Utah County offers world-class hiking opportunities for hikers of all skill levels. With so many possible adventures to choose from - just how do you make that choice?

Curtis Wursten, a GIS Analyst for the GIS Division of the Utah County Information Systems Department has just made it easier by creating a web application called “Hiking Utah County.” His application was recently chosen as the runner-up in the Best Travel and Destinations category in the 2014 ESRI Storytelling with Maps contest with entries from all over the world.

Using this application, hikers can preview some of the most impressive trails based on their own needs and preferences. The trails are grouped into three skill levels of Easy, Intermediate, and Difficult that are easily browsed using the tabs in the top left area of map interface. This way, users can not only see which trails are close to them but see how to get to the nearest trail access point.

The application features beautiful pictures that give perspective hikers a glimpse of what the trail looks like when they get there. It also allows users to click on the trail and get detailed information regarding the trail including a detailed description along with any special restrictions or features, the agency that takes care of the trail, and a link to that agency's website for more information.

You can find this application on the Utah County website (www.UtahCounty.gov) in the Online Maps section or by going directly to: http://maps2.utahcounty.gov/HikingStoryMaps/index.html. Try it out for yourself and keep coming back as we add more trails and features to the application in the future.

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