Map Your Trails with MTB Project
MTB Project puts 117,296 miles of
incredible trails at your fingertips... and it's all free.
How does it work? MTB Project is a community-built, guidebook quality resource.
Join now and share your adventures!
1. Create a Profile
Signing up allows you to share trails, upload photos, and become an active member of the community.
Create your account using an email address or Facebook.
With Facebook you'll be able to:
- Easily log in with one click
- Easily share MTB Project content with your Facebook network
- Note: We don't post on your behalf
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2. Go Explore
MTB Project is built by riders like you. Record your rides to help guide others.
Before you get started: Check out your area on MTB Project to see what's already been mapped.
Record a Featured ride or trail:
Trails are added individually and in their entirety. Featured rides are suggested routes that often use multiple trails.
More details about the difference between Trails and Featured Rides.
- Go for a ride and use your favorite GPS device or a smartphone app to record it (Strava, MotionX, MyTracks, etc).
- Think guidebook: pick a popular route that starts and ends at a common trailhead.
- Record voice memos, take photos, and note points of interest along the way.
- Example Featured Ride: Brown County State Park
Photos & Videos:
- Inspire others to get out and experience the trails you love. Action shots, scenic vistas and interesting features are best.
- You'll need to remember where you took the photo — smartphones and GPS-enabled cameras do this for you!
- Example 5-star photo: Through the aspens on Big Mamba
- Symbols are a very easy, valuable addition to the map. They provide point location info to the site and mobile app — where to park, where you'll have a view, etc.
3. Share Your Adventures
Add your ride, upload inspirational photos, or place points of interest on the map.
Approval process: All contributions are reviewed in-house to ensure a high level of quality. Our pro mapping team may reach out with questions during the quick approval process.
Adding a Trail or Ride:
- Unless you want to add a single Trail, start by adding a Featured Ride.
- Download the GPS track from your device or a smartphone app. Here are instructions for downloading your GPS tracks using Strava, MapMyFitness, Garmin Connect, MotionX, and MyTracks.
- We accept files in gpx, kml, and kmz formats.
Adding Photos & Videos:
- Pick your best biking photos and share them. Think of it as a highlight reel.
- Upload your videos to Youtube or Vimeo and share the link.
- All photos and videos must be placed on a trail on the MTB Project map.
- Make sure to zoom all the way in on the map to place the symbol exactly where the real-life feature exists.
4. Improve Existing Content
Rate photos and rides, and keep information up-to-date.
Find a trail that needs improvement:
- On the trail page, find the "You and this Ride/Trail" section on the right-hand side of the page.
- Click "Edit Description or GPS track" to make any necessary updates.
Share your opinion:
- Star Ratings: Vote on rides, trails, and photos to help determine what gets featured throughout the site.
- Difficulty: Share your opinion using our simple rating system.
- Conditions: Keep them up-to-date via our reporting tool, found at the top of trail pages.
- Area Pages: Share your local area knowledge via the "Tell us!" link found on all area pages. Example area page: Fruita
Adopt trails or rides:
- Some trails are mapped, but are missing descriptions and other details. If you know enough about that trail or ride to complete it, take ownership.