Looking for a large wall map of USA and Colorado

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  1. Jamie Z

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    I'm looking for a large wall map of Colorado and/or the entire USA. Something like 4 feet by 3 feet would be the minimum size I'm looking for. I'd prefer something five or six feet wide.

    Some internet searches result in some premium maps of this size that are framed and/or laminated and in the range of $300-$400. While I'd like it to be durable, a paper map is fine.

    Anyone know where I can get something like this, but much cheaper?

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    For the state of Colorado, buy two Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlases. Then take the time to cut out the pages and index and tape them together. You'll have a HUGE wall map with unmatched detail.
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    I'm really unimpressed with the site and selection for the USGS, sadly. The only USA map I can find that seems to be what I'd be interested in, is only shown in a tiny thumbnail, says it was produced from 1965 data, and does not give dimensions of the map. The zoomed in photo is simply a grainy and blurry version of the tiny thumbnail already shown on screen. I guess for $9, that's what you get. Also, they don't seem to make individual state maps. At least I can't find anything for Colorado.

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    This is going to go on my living room wall, which I'm guessing is much smaller than the map that would produce. As I said, I'm looking for something around 5 feet wide.

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    Just go to the chat session and ask them. The USGS Store has every map imaginable. They used to have a physical store in Lakewood, CO but it closed. I admit the site is really confusing.
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    Mrs Trip gave me the Raven Maps map of North America for Christmas a few years ago. It is a very impressive map with nice topographical detail.

    http://www.ravenmaps.com/north-america-elevation-tints.html

    The one I have is laminated. I'll bet their Colorado map is pretty cool as well. Expensive but worth it if you want a really good wall map.
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    This is good to know. I've been looking at both their Colorado map as well as the USA map.

    The Colorado map is 54"x43" and is $65 for the laminated version. The USA map is 65"x44" and is $150. That's actually less expensive than some of the other large maps I'd been looking at.

    How's the road detail?

    These are the maps I'm most considering at the moment, unless I can find something which I think are better.

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    The road detail...at least on the North America map I have... is minimal at best. Its all about topography. I think for roads it does not get better than a Benchmark atlas.
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    The map would be approximately 10 feet wide by 6 feet tall. You could make a smaller map if you had a color copier that reduced the size of the original.
    The idea of combining 2 Benchmark atlases to make a state wall map is not mine, it's something I got from Benchmark. While I've never done a full state map that way, I have done sections of a state that I want to explore and it works pretty darned well. Much better perspective of the area I was interested in, compared to flipping through a lot of pages. And since I have access to a good color copier, what I do is makes copies of the pages I want and tape them together and when I'm done with them I just throw them away. I even make copies of the area I'm riding on any particular day and tape that to the gas tank on my dirt bike. At the end of the day I rip that map off and stick on the one for the next day.

    I've used a lot of different maps but overall, I find the Benchmark maps to be the best for exploring.
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    If you can find the maps you want online and they are high quality, try contacting a local print shop and see what they can do and for how much. Most should be more then capable. I know our wide format printer prints up to 44" wide and 100 feet the other way. Other shops have even bigger devices. Might be a lot cheaper and you can get exactly what you want if you have a file of the maps you want.
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    I should have paid closer attention to your comments.

    After reading several online reviews of Raven Maps, and looking at their own closeup details images of their maps, I ordered the USA map and the Colorado map. $65 each, plus $14 shipping. They arrived today.

    They're not what I'm looking for. :nah I was really thinking there would be more street and city detail. But you're right. They're very light on the political information on the maps, and all about the topography. Even the state boundaries on the USA map are very thin dotted lines. You don't notice them unless you really look at the map closely.

    Why is this so hard? Why can't anyone simply make a poster size map that looks just like the road map in my atlas?

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    This looks good. No option for a Colorado map, but I like the USA map. Thanks!

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