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183 Trail Augmented Reality

The Trail Explorer by CTRMA mobile app offers users a more immersive and interactive trail experience.

To further enhance the 183 Trail experience, 11 augmented reality experiences have been added to the signage at three locations along the trail: Freedom Park (FM 969 or MLK Boulevard and US 183), the Colorado River Trailhead (Levander Loop at the Colorado River), and the Montopolis Truss Bridge. By using the Trail Explorer by CTRMA mobile app, users can watch a Tejano band play a personal concert, unlock a life-size local Austin mural, witness the animation of a letter penned by former President Lyndon B. Johnson to Coretta Scott King, or enter a portal to the Montopolis Truss Bridge in the late 1930’s. And so much more. Download the App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Don’t forget to snap a picture with the augmented reality animations to capture and share the journey with your friends, family, and with us on Twitter and Instagram! Tag us: @ctxmobility, #CTRMATrail

Trail Explorer by CTRMA

The Trail Explorer by CTRMA mobile app is available to download for free in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Follow the directions in the app and use your phone’s camera to trigger augmented reality experiences from the trail signs. In addition to a trail map to help users navigate the trail, the app offers narrated experiences in English and Spanish, as well as closed captioning.

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Thank You to Our Partners

This success of the 183 Trail augmented reality experiences would not been possible without the help of local artists, creative professionals, and community groups. To find out more about their work, and to support them directly, please visit their pages linked below.

Arte Texas
Community organization of local artists with deep roots in East Austin, working to save the community’s historic murals and create more to represent local Hispanic culture and legacy.

Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto
Johnny Degollado
Renowned accordionist and Austin legend, most commonly known as the “El Montopolis Kid.”

Jesse Botello
Local accomplished musician.

JJ Barrera
Local accomplished musician and teacher.

Black Legacy Project
Local organization that encourages community empowerment through education and inspiration by paying homage to the culture and history of Austin’s Black community. They create and curate public art projects that educate, inspire, and elevate the community’s youth and future leaders to make positive social change.

Raasin in the Sun
Nonprofit organization cultivating resilience through Art and Environmental initiatives. Their mission is to inspire, unite and restore communities through urban beautification and creative placemaking.

Caminos Program at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center 
Caminos is an immersive, paid fellowship empowering Austin-area teens to carve their own path in the creative arts. Over the course of a year, students are actively engaged in the various elements of the program: working with ESB-MACC professionals on-site, 1-on-1 artist mentorships, assignments with community organizations, participation in relevant workshops, and cultural events. This process concludes with the execution of student-led collaborative projects under the guidance of accomplished creative professionals.

Raul Valdez
Renowned local artist, teacher, and activist with works in Austin, Central Texas, and beyond.

Endeavor Real Estate Group
Mural Sponsor.

Robert Herrera
Local accomplished muralist.

Ernesto Hernandez
Ernesto Hernandez Ramirez is a self-taught muralist with over 22 years of experience creating public artwork.

Ryan Runcie
A prominent local studio artist, muralist and painting instructor with various works visible across Austin.

H-E-B & Favor Tech
Mural Sponsor.

Six Square
Since its inception in 2013, Six Square has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for African American residents through preservation of historic Black spaces, artistic cultivation, and by serving as a catalyst for social and economic development.

Additional Resources

Interested in learning more about the inspiration behind some of these immersive experiences?

  • Learn more about Mabson Downs Field, the home field of the minor league baseball team, the “Austin Black Senators.”
  • Learn more about the official mammals, birds, and other wildlife of Texas.


View the 183 Trail’s full list of augmented reality content sources.

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