The Wild I-70 Audio Tour explores the wildlife and wild lands along the I-70 Mountain Corridor through location-based audio segments. Take a journey with Colorado musicians, artists, and scientists as they tell the story of the animals, ecology, and unexpected wonders beyond your windshield.
The Wild I-70 Audio Tour explores the wildlife and wild lands along the I-70 Mountain Corridor through location-based audio segments. For over 10 years, Colorado based non-profit Rocky Mountain Wild has been involved in studying wildlife movement behavior along Interstate 70 – from Golden to Glenwood Springs. This stretch of highway sees an average of over 1 million cars a month, and that number is increasing. I-70 bisects the home range of many species of wildlife, interrupting their daily and seasonal movements. Each year over 300 animals are hit by cars as they try to cross this roadway. The goal of the Wild I-70 Audio Tour is to inform and engage the listener on a variety of topics related to the wild lands that surround the highway, with the ultimate goal of building grassroots support for funding and building wildlife crossing structures that improve driver safety and allow for the safe passage of wildlife across Colorado’s roadways. Of special interest is what would be the first wildlife overpass on I-70, proposed for mile marker 192.3, over the west-bound lanes on the east side of Vail Pass. Hear the voices of Colorado artists as well as interagency biologists who support this important project.
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife Supports Wild I-70 Audio Tour.” July 26, 2018
“Rocky Mountain Wild Launches Wild I-70 Audio Tour.” May 7, 2018
Where does the audio tour begin and end?
The Wild I-70 Audio Tour works when traveling both eastbound as well as westbound – the segments run between Golden and Glenwood Springs. You can start the tour at any time, at any point along I-70!
How long are the segments?
The segments average 6 minutes in length.
What if I get off the highway?
The segments are GPS-triggered, so if you go for a hike or stop off at a rest area, the segment will continue to play to completion until you enter the ‘zone’ for the next segment.
Can I play the segments out of order?
Yes! Since the segments are GPS-triggered, if you don’t do the entire drive, you’ll miss a few segments. Just touch a segment you want to play (or replay) on the app map.
Will you update Wild I-70?
Yes! Check back often to see what segments we’ve introduced.
Where can I find more information about the things I heard on the audio tour?
Check out rockymountainwild.org to find out how you can get involved in citizen science projects and our partnerships that made Wild I-70 possible. Visit wildi70.org to get behind the scenes info on creation of the project, and to learn more about our sponsors and collaborative partnerships.
Enjoy the Drive – Elevation Outdoors, January 4, 2019
Listening to Wildlife’s Needs – TEDxMileHigh, October 3, 2018
Read an Ode to the Stunning I-70 Stretch Through Glenwood Canyon – Colorado Public Radio, August 21, 2018
Curious Nature: Add Wild I-70 Audio Tour to your podcast playlist – Vail Daily News, August 4, 2018
Experience Glenwood Canyon in a new way through the Wild I-70 audio tour – Glenwood Post Independent, June 14, 2018. Downloadable PDF of article.
About Rocky Mountain Wild
Rocky Mountain Wild is a 501(c)3 that works to protect, connect, and restore wildlife and wild lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region. We envision a biologically healthy future for our region – one that includes a diversity of species and ecosystems, thriving populations of wildlife, and a sustainable coexistence between people and nature.