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TRT87

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Where do you get your maps?

So, I am a map nerd. I’ve always loved them. As outdoor enthusiasts and overlanders maps are vital to our exploration. There are many places to find maps and I have researched a number of free map sources, many that are capable of being used with GIS programs such as QGIS, ArcGIS, or simple printable maps.

Below is my running list:

National Geographic Maps:
http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

US Geological Survey Maps:
https://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/
https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/basic/

Bureau of Land Management Maps:
https://navigator.blm.gov/home
https://www.blm.gov/maps/georeferenced-PDFs

National Park Service Maps:

https://www.nps.gov/hfc/cfm/carto-atoz-geopdf.cfm?letter=c

Open Street Map for Garmin:
http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl

Do you guys know of any other free map libraries or sources? Lets spread the wealth.

- Tyler
 
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caswanson

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Usually, each State has a "data market" site dedicated to storing the States publicly available data. I know in my home state of Kansas, I can find shapefiles for road centerlines , cities, counties, rivers & streams. We even have state wide LIDAR data. I will see if I can compile a list.
 
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Usually, each State has a "data market" site dedicated to storing the States publicly available data. I know in my home state of Kansas, I can find shapefiles for road centerlines , cities, counties, rivers & streams. We even have state wide LIDAR data. I will see if I can compile a list.
@caswanson,

Thanks for the info. That's awesome that Kansas make LIDAR publicly avalible! That is some cool imagery to play with.

Thanks again,

Tyler
 

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It's already been done: Here's a compiled list for each state with several data sources per state.

http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/c.php?g=353290&p=2378621
So I'm a bit perplexed why they would leave out Nevada.... so I scrolled thru the list to find it and don't recognize the University of Nervada, Rino....Bahahahahahaha :sob: I guess my brother's University is not as sharp as it used to be. :sunglasses: And when you click on the links there is no data available... Hmmmmmmm.

Nevada Maps.JPG
GIS Data.JPG
 
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TRT87

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So I'm a bit perplexed why they would leave out Nevada.... so I scrolled thru the list to find it and don't recognize the University of Nervada, Rino....Bahahahahahaha :sob: I guess my brother's University is not as sharp as it used to be. :sunglasses: And when you click on the links there is no data available... Hmmmmmmm.

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@HappyOurOverlanding,

The NV links seem to be outdated, but other ones our working. Purdue may just hold a grudge aginst NV....

The USGS and BLM links I included in the initial post should have some data for the Silver State.

- Tyler
 
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TRT87

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In Australia most use Hema Map which is a pay service. But there are others like Memory-Map (http://memory-map.com.au/mapping-software.html) that have pretty good free gps apps that allow us to track our routes using the state topo maps that are free.


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Thanks for the tip @Ulysses! That's good info for are OB brothers and sisters outside the States.

Tyler
 

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Are there any map data sources for Mexico, Central and South America? I saw Expedition Overland was using HEMA maps with their travels down south. I would love to obtain those or something equivalent. Ideas?