About COtrip

Learn about the features of the COtrip website, map and app, and get information on how to use the 511 phone service.

COtrip Website & 511 Map

Visit the new mobile-friendly COtrip website, which can be viewed from any web-enabled device by visiting cotrip.org.

Features

  • Zoomable and searchable map display
  • Trip planner tool
  • Trucker-specific resources and tools
  • Real-time updates on road conditions and closures
  • Camera images and live streaming video
  • Sign up or access your COtrip 511 account to manage your travel alerts

Traveler Information & Layers

The COtrip website is powered by a dynamic Google Map™. Use the map as you would any Google map and click on the icons for more information. Icons are displayed on the map by checking or unchecking the boxes in the layers toolbar. Layers available include:

  • Cameras - Still images and live streaming video from cameras along roadways.
  • Construction - Displays current and planned construction activities.
  • Electronic Signs - Displays active electronic signs and safety messages.
  • Express Lanes (Tolls) - Displays toll locations and information on use and pricing.
  • Rest Areas & Welcome Centers - Displays location information and amenities available.
  • Road Conditions - Displays driving conditions reported by CDOT.
  • Traffic Incidents - Displays crashes and unplanned closures.
  • Traffic Speeds - Displays current traffic speeds powered by Google.
  • Waze Reports - Displays traffic information and reports from Waze users.
  • Plow Tracker - Displays location of CDOT snowplows and the routes they have plowed.
  • Weather Stations - Displays weather stations located near roadways and current weather conditions.
  • Weather Warnings - Displays weather advisories, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service
  • Weather Radar - Displays a radar of current weather conditions powered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Mountain Passes - Locations of mountain passes, including grade and elevation.
  • Trucker Mode - Resources specific to commercial motor vehicle operators
  • Mile Points - Displays mile point locations.

Tip: The legend next to the layers toolbar explains what each option within the layer signifies.

Trucker’s Layers

The new Trucker Mode feature with resources specific to commercial motor vehicle operators, including the following layers:

  • Construction - Displays current and planned construction activities.
  • Road Conditions - Displays driving conditions reported by CDOT.
  • Traffic Incidents - Displays crashes and unplanned closures.
  • Weather Warnings - Displays weather advisories, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service
  • Chain Laws - Displays current chain laws in effect for the current road conditions.
  • Chain Stations - Displays chain station locations available.
  • Oversize/Overweight Restrictions - Displays the restrictions on vehicle size and weight for the current road conditions.
  • Runaway Truck Ramps - Displays the location of truck ramps along mountain passes.
  • Truck Stops & Ports of Entry - Displays location information and amenities available.
  • Weigh Stations - Displays the weigh station locations available.
  • Mile Points - Displays mile point locations.

Tip: The legend next to the layers toolbar explains what each option within the layer signifies.

Rest Areas & Welcome Centers

The COtrip map displays rest areas across the state. You can click on a Rest Area icon to view photos, amenities and other information about the rest area or welcome center.

Rest Area Amenities

  • Phone Phone
  • No Service No Service
  • Gas Gas
  • Full Service Restaurant Full Service Restaurant
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Trash Trash
  • Showers Showers
  • Running Water Running Water
  • Lodging Lodging
  • Picnic area Picnic area
  • Handicap Accessible Handicap Accessible
  • RV Dump RV Dump
  • Visitor Info Visitor Info
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Trailhead Access Trailhead Access
  • Fishing Access Fishing Access
  • Point of Interest Point of Interest
  • Pet exercise area Pet exercise area
  • Vending Vending
  • Cell Service Cell Service

My COtrip & Travel Alerts

Login in or sign up for a My COtrip account to subscribe and manage your travel alerts. You can also save your favorite routes and cameras, and customize your travel preferences.

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Interested in signing up for construction project news? Visit subscription.cotrip.org to get started.

COtrip App

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a 511 smartphone application to meet the growing trend of information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip app works on smartphones and tablets that operate on the iPhone/IOS and Android platforms.

The COtrip app provides statewide, real-time traffic information including:

  • Zoomable and mobile-friendly map display
  • Traffic speeds and road conditions
  • Real-time updates on road maintenance, construction, restrictions and road closures
  • Camera images and live streaming video
  • Trucker mode with resources specific to commercial motor vehicle operators
  • Sign up or access your COtrip 5-1-1 account to manage your travel alerts
  • Winter weather conditions (seasonal)
  • Hands-free, eyes-free feature to announce upcoming road conditions that will impact your route

Download the COtrip App!

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Get the Android app!
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The COtrip app reports information for interstates, U.S. routes and state highways in Colorado. It does not include information for county roads or city streets.

Reminder, the primary responsibility of every driver is the safe operation of your vehicle. Colorado law prohibits individuals from using a handheld electronic communication device to write, send or read a text message while driving a motor vehicle.

511 Telephone Service

The 511 telephone service is an interactive, voice-activated traffic information system you can access by calling 511 (within Colorado) or 1-800-288-1047 (nationwide).

Know Before You Go

Call 511 from home, work or other point of origin prior to departure. When used en route, motorists are urged to place their calls from a nearby rest area, fueling station or other appropriate stopping point along the way.

Safely Using Your Wireless Phone

Information regarding road and traffic conditions can be a valuable tool en route decision-making. Should I consider taking another route? Are road conditions deteriorating and is it time for me to find a safe place to wait for improved conditions? Motorist safety is CDOT’s top priority. Therefore, CDOT encourages responsible use of your wireless phone. That means pulling off at a rest area, fueling station, restaurant or other location to make your call.

NOTE: Parking on the shoulder of an interstate highway for non-emergency purposes is illegal.

The following tips will help you successfully navigate through the voice-activated phone menu system. 511 is an automated system and you will be listening to a computer-generated operator.

Getting started

Dial 511 (within Colorado). If you are calling from outside Colorado’s coverage area, or if your phone service provider does not yet participate in the 511 effort, please dial 1-800-288-1047.

Once connected, you will hear a welcome message with instructions on how to proceed. To skip the introduction, immediately say the route number you want. Below are the menu options.

  • Press 1 or say “road reports” – Reports by route number
  • Press 2 or say “metro reports” – Reports by metro region
  • Press3 or say “trucker reports” – Reports including size and weight restrictions
  • Press 4 or say “nearby states’ 511” – Phone numbers for surrounding states’ 511 phone systems
  • Press ## or say “help” – Instructions on how to use 511

Return to Main Menu

To return to the main menu at any time during your call, simply press “0” or say “menu” and you will be taken to the main menu where you can make a selection.

Getting Help

Say “help” or press ## (pound) key on your phone’s keypad at any time during your call for more instructions on how to use 511.

Voice- or Keypad-activated

You can speak or use your phone’s keypad to make requests while using 511. For example, you can request reports for U.S. 285 by saying “285” or by pressing 30# on your keypad. The voice-activated feature uses advanced technology to interpret your responses. There are some instances when it cannot interpret the response based on the caller’s speech patterns or background noise. If the system is unable to interpret your command, it will ask that you enter your response as a number(s) on your keypad.

Repeat Information

To repeat a report, say “go back” or “repeat that.”

Lack of Response

If you don’t respond to the system operator or it doesn’t understand you, you will be returned to the main menu.

COtrip on Social Media

COtrip traveler information is automatically posted to the @ColoradoDOT Twitter feed. Follow @ColoradoDOT on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for project, program and statewide updates.