This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Colorado. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Closures
- 8 Places
- 9 Cameras
- 10 To do list
- 11 Area Managers
- 12 Other states and territories
- 13 About this page
Colorado is a part of the Southwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Colorado, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
Current Construction Projects
- US-36 Construction Updates
- RTD's FasTracks Construction Information - Lane and Road Closures website.
See Colorado/Resources for links to GIS Map Resources for Colorado.
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Colorado.
- Colorado section of Waze forum
- The Southwest region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
In Colorado, Census Designated Places are allowed to be used in the City Name field.
State Highway Naming
The approved format for State Highway naming in Colorado is: SH-##
In Colorado we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.
|Segment Type||Default locks|
|Highest Rank of Connected Segment|
See Colorado/Major roads for Colorado Functional Classification guidelines.
Colorado follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Special Roads for Colorado
Colorado uses the "unpaved" road attribute when the road is "dirt" or "gravel" but is maintained or "improved" by the city or county. This means that road is graded and leveled from time to time. The "Off-Road/Not Maintained" road type will be used for "2 track" jeep trail type unimproved roads. These type of roads are normally found in the mountain areas of the state and should rarely be used around or in any city environment. If you can't decide on what type to use just think, if a typical highway vehicle could easily travel (at 10 - 25 mph) should be considered a "street" with the "Unpaved" road attribute.
See this Forest Service Roads section about Forest Service roads for some clarification.
You may ask "Why use "Unpaved" or "Off-Road/Not Maintained" at all?" Well, using Unpaved on a Street road type adds a Time penalty to those segments of road and using Off-Road adds a larger Time penalty. The Time penalty is used by the routing server to determine the fastest route and a Dirt road, no matter how improved, will never be as fast as Paved. But then why not use Off Road for all dirt? In the app, there is a setting to Avoid Dirt. This can be set to just small lengths of Off Road or avoid them altogether. If we made the Unpaved roads all Off Road then 60% of all roads in the state would be avoided by the app and may give users very long routes where the Unpaved road would have saved hours of time.
As always, there may be special circumstances. If you feel you have a special circumstance please contact the State Manager or an Area Manager with any questions.
The Colorado Department of Transportation keeps a running list of construction projects in the state. Note that this does not show lower level projects completed by city or county agencies.
Colorado has Lock Standards for all places. All places must be locked to at least Rank 2, this is to prevent the "drive by" editor from making changes without review. All Places require a Name and an Address before it can be added or approved to be added to the map. When a place has a Name and Address it will be locked to Rank 2. When the Place has been Google Linked it will be locked to Rank 3. The mapping of places will use the following.
Areas will be locked to at least Rank 3 for most areas.
- Neighborhood Parks
- Gas Stations
- Small Airports for local aircraft i.e. crop dusters etc..
- Parking Lots for these areas
Larger Areas will be locked Rank 4
- Small Airports
- Large Parks including City, Regional, State, and National
- Large Venues such are Red Rocks and Ski Areas
- Parking Lots for these areas will be locked Rank 3
All other Areas will be locked Rank 5 or 6, if you have a concern please contact one of the State Managers or Regional Coordinators
- Large Airports such as Denver International and Colorado Springs Municipal.
- Military Bases
- Denver Federal Center
- Parking lots for Airports will be locked at the lock Rank for the Airport. All others will be locked Rank 3.
Place Points (PP) will be at locked at least to Rank 2. When a PP has at least a Name, an Address, and is Google Linked it will be locked to Rank 3. Parking lots for PP will be locked Rank 3 unless there is a reason to lock them higher, such as vandalism. Exceptions will be based on discussions with the State Manager
Contact the Colorado forum with concerns related to places in Colorado.
Parking Lot Areas (PLA)
PLAs will have an Address at minimum to be added to the map. Drawing of PLAs will follow the US Standard.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Colorado.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, the limited legality of speed cameras in Colorado is described in this page, and red light cameras are permitted statewide in Colorado.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
See Colorado/To do for the original list of areas and projects being managed by various editors in the state.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Colorado. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Colorado, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Colorado, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Colorado is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Colorado — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators|
[RC] ottonomy ( )
[ARC1] jemay ( )
[ARC2] tonestertm ( )
| Country Managers (Southwest region)|
|bgodette(6) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
|ply8808(6) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
Arizona state resident
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Mountain States, New England & US Territories|| |
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
|tgfathergoose(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
|TheChrisK(6) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
Based in Omaha, NE
|State Managers (Southwest region)|
| JoshJMM(5) [ ]
|State Manager Colorado and for New Mexico|| |
|Troyv(5) [ ]||State Manager Colorado|| |
| Area Managers |
|Chris_CA(5) [ ]||Eastern 2/3 of Colorado|| |
inactive editor/Colorado resident
|Puddles2475(4) [ ]||Denver Metro & I-25 to Loveland|| |
|chucksways(4) [ ]||Entire State of Colorado|| |
|Coloradotom123(4) [ ]||Denver and Southeastern CO|| |
4th Gen Native Coloradan
|awhardin(3) [ ]||Western Slope|| |
|jcloudm(3) [ ]||Northern 40% of Colorado, from E<->W borders|| |
Constantly chasing new subdivisions and road closures
|dougp01(3) [ ]||Northern Colorado|| |
|JaredTheKing(3) [ ]||Pueblo/Cañon City|| |
|jroman7(3) [ ]||La Junta & Rocky Ford|| |
|mrpete(3) [ ]||Many rural and remote areas, NWR's/SWA's, plus the I-25 corridor|| |
|sack_sama(2) [ ]||Colorado Springs|| |
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|HBiede(5) [ ]||Nebraska and Western Montana|| |
Nebraska State Manager
|andrewtrefethen(3) [ ]||Dillon||Just want to help keep things updated!|
|BrianUSAF(2) [ ]||Colorado Springs/USAF Academy|| |
|dj_andyc(2) [ ]||Stapleton + I-70 to mountains||Excited to be part of something great!|
|falcon771(2) [ ]||Adams County||Love Waze and love to help out other users|
|NeoPhoenixTE(2) [ ]||NoCo, Larimer and Weld Counties, northern Boulder County||Former Google MapMaker power mapper (and/or addict) still trying to line up everything!|
|skibum415(2) [ ]||Colorado Springs, El Paso County||Always eager to learn and help.|
|aubie1988(1) [ ]||Metro Denver|
|BeardedBowen(1) [ ]||Rural Frontrange||Mapping the forgotten rural|
|bryceb04(1) [ ]||Denver/COS Metro||Here to help|
|CHRSTPHR81620(1) [ ]||Eagle County (Vail/Beaver Creek)/High Rockies||New to editing, but excited to join the community!|
|dooberweezer(1) [ ]||Colorado Springs/El Paso County + Centennial||Enjoy editing on occasion, as time permits.|
|DylanRose895(1) [ ]||Grover/Weld County + SE WY||I tend to be on country roads so that's kind of my focus here.|
|erikvaish143(1) [ ]||El Paso County||New but quick learner. 25k+ miles a year..|
|Fastlane_458(1) [ ]||Western Front Range||New and looking to learn!|
|GoGirl238(1) [ ]||Roaring Fork Valley/Western Slope/Grand Junction||Newby!|
|GT3Mike(1) [ ]||Larimer County and vicinity||I'm learning|
|Hummdis(1) [ ]||Denver Metro|| |
|jb_ride_616(1) [ ]||Eagle County/Lake County||Not the newest to Waze but new to editing and happy to help where I can|
|kjtobo(1) [ ]||Boulder + Surround/Lafayette||Used to edit a few years ago, would be happy to help occasionally|
|luisluigi639(2) [ ]||West Adams, El Paso & South Weld Counties||Love using Waze and like to help out other users find their way.|
|matthew719(1) [ ]||Colorado Springs/El Paso County|
|meandog66(1) [ ]||Eagle County + Surrounding Mountain Area||Not a new user, but new to edits|
|Mittra303(1) [ ]||Northern Colorado||Long time Waze user, but new to editing.|
|RainyMcD(1) [ ]||Colorado Springs, El Paso Country||Just want to help keep things updated!|
|Sammygfacer1(1) [ ]||Weld County||New Editor/Inactive|
|SilvaFox27(1) [ ]||Colorado Springs, El Paso County||Here to help, however I can!|
|TwoNinePitches(1) [ ]||Southern Douglas County/Parker||Huge growth here|
|vfitzjarrald(1) [ ]||Boulder + Surround/Longmont/Lafayette/Arvada/Ft.Collins||New to Waze, but very happy to be helping build a better program|
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