Need best paper map for my Colorado trip please

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by f800kris, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. f800kris

    f800kris Been here awhile

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    Putting together a trip coming in Aug. I'm not a GPS guy. Im a paper map guy. I have the Butler BDR maps. But it is way to vague for what I'm wanting. I want a paper map that really zooms in on the telluride,Silverton, ouray areas. Looking for something that shows all the popular passes and the less traveled basins. Taking a rv and want to plan how to go pit and come back seeing different things as much as possible.

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  2. motorcycle john

    motorcycle john Been here awhile

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    I am using the DeLorme Colorado atlas? It is pretty good except for the alpine loop? It is kinda confusing but I can refer to my latitude 40 maps they cover what the atlas does not
    Latitude 40 .com


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    [​IMG] is also very good. the best IMO
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  5. motorcycle john

    motorcycle john Been here awhile

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    Yeah I was going to look at these maps also when I found DeLorme doesn’t make the atlas for Idaho any more?


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  6. mr.bigfoot

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    +1 for Benchmark, l prefer them over DeLorme. Seems to have mor back road detail and recreation on the same page. Drawback is they are not available for all states.


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  7. wbbnm

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    I am a big fan of the Benchmark maps. Sounds like you might want a topical local map for the specific area you are looking for.
    You can either find them online or stop in a outdoors supply store in the area. They usually have a great selection including waterproof ones.
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  8. f800kris

    f800kris Been here awhile

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    You recommend this one over the first one?
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  9. mr.bigfoot

    mr.bigfoot Adventurer

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    Yes, the Road and Recreation Atlas over the foldable map. Greater detail.


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  10. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    https://www.gtrmapping.com/

    These are my favorite maps of all, not only do they have an excellent depiction of roads, trails, campsites etc but the back side is a wealth of information as well.
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  11. RedRover_CO

    RedRover_CO Been here awhile Supporter

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    Depends on what you're doing. Agree with the ^^ above recommendations for the CRRA for general road navigation, the 2015 edition is still very accurate.

    For National Forests, the Motor Vehicle Usage Maps are essential. They can be found in paper at the respective field office, but are bulky and not waterproof. They can be found in digital format here: http://www.staythetrail.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=266593&module_id=224600
    Print those out from the PDF version and laminate, then roll up and put in a PVC map tube.

    National Geo trail maps are waterproof and give good detail as well, available here: https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/category/maps/trail-maps

    Finally, Latitude 40 Degrees has some CO and UT good maps, though their coverage is limited: https://www.latitude40maps.com/
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  12. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    You'll want a Benchmark Colorado atlas.
    Our maps are built from those basemaps.
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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Lattitude 40 have awesome detail too
    As do Yampageo hunt maps.
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  14. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    GTR folding maps are better than a delorme in my opinion , color contrast is outstanding and it fits in your tank bag .
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  15. jmb711

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    Thompsons water seal for wood works wonders for making paper maps waterproof. I use it on my backpacking topos.
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