Technology has opened the doors to many possibilities that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago. National Geographic has utilized the power of satellites and GPS technology to make yet another of these projects a reality.
Since 1879, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has taken upon themselves the responsibility of mapping the country and "has been the primary civilian mapping agency of the United States ever since," according to the USGS.
National Geographic recently teamed up with the USGS, adding these years' worth of data to a more user-friendly interface. The simplified search function makes it much easier to find specific quads and makes it possible to print the maps from your home printer. Check it out for yourself at natgeomaps.com!
Nat Geo uses an interactive map that provides a familiar interface and an easy search function. "Red pointers will appear at the center of each USGS 7.5 minute quad. Click on the pointer to download the multi-page PDF," instructs the site.
It's as simple as that! You'll have access to topography data, and the latest National Geographic trail maps, when available. Now you can be fully prepared for the terrain you might encounter on your adventures. Check it out for yourself!