Off road maps for Zumo 590 ?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Zubb, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    I give up. Have searched all of ADV, all of Garmins site, Google and I I'm in 'info search' hell.

    Can I buy and/or download topo or satellite maps from my Zumo? Does anyone have a link to info about it here?

    I just want to be able to use the Zumo on the remote area Big Bike terrain. Like BDR's. Or lesser known jeep trails.

    Anyone have a tip or two for me?
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  2. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Buy the routable 24K Topo Map from Garmin for the region you need on a micro SD card. Remove the card that's in your Zumo and replace it with the topo map card. Then go to Settings and Maps and select the topo map. You should be all set.

    If you want to get fancier than that, you can download Garmin-compatible topo maps on the internet, configure them for your Zumo, copy them to a micro SD card, and use them, but it sounds like you are looking for the simplest solution. Affordable, no, but those routable Topo maps from Garmin are pretty cool if you don't mind the cost.
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  3. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I would be surprised if the City Navigator map didnt already show those types of roads, as they tend motorized forest roads with road designators. Have you checked the track on Basecamp?
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  4. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Sometimes I can see the local Truck Trails on the unit and sometimes I can't. It could be user error as I'm a Zumo idiot. Why can't these things work like my iPhone?????
    I hope to get back to working on this stuff tonight or tomorrow.
    If downloading 'offroad' ready maps like something Topo or Satellite, then I would go ahead and spend the money. But I'm thinking nothing short of grinding through learning a new language (Zumo) is going to make me happy.
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  5. pgods

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    I'm planning on riding the IBDR sections of the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway. While planning, I was able to build a route in Google Maps of the forest roads ( 468/ Magruder and 500/ Lolo). My intention is to copy the urls in GM and process into gpx files, load a SD card and install.
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  6. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    There's nothing quite like Idaho. And particularly Lolo. I'm doing WABDR in June.
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  7. radmann10

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    Buy the 24k Garmin topo maps for the area that you want to ride. My son tried the free download maps and had a lot of holes in his coverage. If you want to follow the BDR tracks and don't have a good Topo map loaded you still have to stop and figure out which way to go at some intersections, since the forest roads are not signed very well, if at all.

    Pay for the 24k topo maps or spend time lost, it is up to you!
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  8. pgods

    pgods Godspeed rider

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    Thanks! I'm riding alone , so getting lost isn't a desire. Looking at a Zumo 595 or a 395 LM. I'd rather spend less. I don't need most of the bells and whistles: I ride with ear plugs mostly and prefer silence, so music and phone calls are moot. Smaller display is fine ..
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    mmm, you probably want TRACKS (that people have ridden) that are known to be good , instead of trying to build ROUTES (that are being guessed together by a computer) from map data on the fly. as good as Google data is, it sucks to find a closed gate.
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  10. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    it's pretty easy to download the Google satellite imagery around a track on my phone. if you don't like using phones in offline (airplane) mode and prefer a stand alone, you can always just prep the phone, and only use it as a reference instead of as your main GPS.

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    it's just a lot easier to get big satellite imagery on a phone/tablet that was made to easily download and view big map files
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  11. BBohemian

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    I ran BDRs CO and UT with my Zumo 590 using only the installed maps and with few exceptions was fine. I do have south east 24k topo (which does not cover those 2 particular states) and they are nice to have, but sometimes can be confusing. You cannot overlay the topo over the regular map (or zoom in from regular maps to topo) - you have to go through several menus to switch between them (use one or the other, not both). Plus the route numbers or names of the trails are sometimes different in topo than in the regular maps.
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