100K or 24K topo maps for Colorado riding

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by FredRydr, May 24, 2010.

  1. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    We will be riding in southwest Colorado in mid-June, staying in a cabin in Ouray and riding out and back each day on mountain roads and tracks on an F800GS and a KLR650. We do not plan to ride difficult "trails."

    I'd rather have USA coverage provided by the 100K topo map. But is the 24K regional map important to have for this kind of riding? I plan to carry paper topo maps to supplement.

    The price is the same for 100K of USA or 24K of two states.

    I have never installed topo maps in a GPS. I currently own a Garmin Zumo 665.

    Thanks for your advice and suggestions!

    Fred
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  2. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    100k maps are not "route-able", and the 24K maps can be used on mulitple devices, where as no other Garmin software can be.

    This is direct from Garmin as they told me less than a week ago.


    So.... 24K
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  3. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  4. tbirdsp

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    From what you have said, most of what you are riding is probably on City Nav anyway.
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  5. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Thank you!

    The readme file warns that installation onto my GPS will delete maps already installed (i.e., North America ver. 2011), but Garmin's MapInstall installed the free topo map without a hitch.

    Fred
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  6. eakins

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    correct city nav shows down to the smallest dirt roads. garmin topo just add topo line & hiking trails (which you don't need) AND is routable (meaning when you create a route on your computer to transfer to the unit, it will snap to the road countours & will display turn by turn on the gps)

    use city nav & then add transparent topo lines if you need those
    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/310/

    i have also loaded the free colo topo map and turn it on when i need more detail.
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