What is GPS anyway?
GPS stands for Global Positioning System. The system consists of 24 satellites that orbit the Earth and send out signals that can be picked-up by receivers (called GPS devices). GPS devices can pinpoint exactly where they are once they pick-up signals of at least 4 satellites at the same time.
What is the Trail Evaluation?
Horseback riders are responsible for assessing their own abilities and their horses' capabilities and to determine which trails fit their experience level.
  • Easy Trails: Trails marked in green are the easiests trails, in terms of difficulty. Green trails are the first trails out of the campground/corral area. These trails follow more gradual inclines, are generally wider than Blue and Black trails, yet still offer panoramic views of the Little Missouri badlands. Riders looking for a gentle ride or on inexperienced horses should use these trails as a first choice.
  • Moderate Trails: Blue trails follow steeper terrain or extend further into the park or leased lands. Trail users will find narrower trails, a slight increase in the terrain's steepness, and more difficult terrain than Green trails.
  • Difficult Trails: Black trails follow the most difficult riding or hiking terrain. Longer, steep inclines and travel on narrow, high ridges will be encounters. Only experienced riders on horses accustomed to badlands terrain should use these trails.
How do I check-in to a trail?
You can ckeck-in to a trail by uploading a GEO-TAGGED photo.
Geotagging is the act of including geographical information about where a photo was taken in with the digital photo file. Geotagging is extremely helpful to anyone who takes a large number of pictures and needs a way to record exactly where each photo was taken. By default, the camera application on your Android smartphone has the ability to add GPS coordinates to the image file, but there are a few settings you have to change for this feature to work correctly.
There are no Cell-Towers where I ride, will it still work?
All you need is a GPS enabled phone for "Open Trail" to work. You can use any of the following GPS Phone Apps:
  • iPhone
    • Easy Trails GPS - http://www.easytrailsgps.com/ (Open Trail Enabled)
    • MyTracks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mytracks-the-gps-logger/id358697908?mt=8
    • MotionX - http://news.motionx.com/category/motionx-gps/
      • Easy Trail is the recomended iPhone App for Open Trail
  • Android
    • OpenGPS - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.sogeti.android.gpstracker&hl=en
    • GPS Logger - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mendhak.gpslogger&hl=en
    • My Tracks - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.maps.mytracks