WASHINGTON (July 2, 2004)—As outdoor enthusiasts take to Utah’s popular desert trails this summer, they will find a valuable new resource in National Geographic’s most recent Trails Illustrated maps, for northern and southern Moab. Together these two maps provide the most comprehensive and accurate account of the region. Each map includes a complete trail chart with rated mountain-bike and four-wheel-drive trails, as well as trail, road and river mileage.
The new maps are available at retail bookstores and specialty outdoor retailers, and can be ordered online at www.nationalgeographic.com/maps or by calling (800) 962-1643. The suggested retail price for each map is $9.95.
National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps are printed on durable, tear-resistant, waterproof paper that can be easily folded to fit into a traveler’s backpack or back pocket. All maps are printed in colorful, shaded relief to give outdoor enthusiasts a more accurate picture of the area’s elevation and level of difficulty for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. Each map also includes selected GPS waypoints.
The Moab South map provides detailed information on the popular Canyonlands White Rim Trail and also includes an enhanced detail map of Moab and the scenic Poison Spider Mesa Trail, Gemini Bridges, Amasa Back and Hurrah Pass. The Moab North map includes Arches National Park, Green River and Sand Flats Recreation Area as well as enhanced detailed maps of Moab, Slickrock Trail and Monitor Butte areas.
Other features include junction-to-junction trail mileages, national park boundaries and wilderness study areas. Easy-to-read symbols show ranger stations, campgrounds, scenic overlooks, river access points, interpretive trails and other points of interest.
Trails Illustrated Maps provide guidelines for outdoor recreation as well as safety and survival tips, including information on desert and bike safety and hints for navigating motorized, mountain-bike and hiking trails. The National Geographic Maps division supports leave-no-trace outdoor ethics and provides information on how map users can help protect precious backcountry resources.
National Geographic Maps employs 60 full-time cartographers who produce five map supplements and about 100 page maps a year for National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the Society. National Geographic Maps also produces maps for the Society’s other magazines, National Geographic Books (including the Society’s signature “Atlas of the World”), National Geographic Television & Film, Nationalgeographic.com (both the Web site www.nationalgeographic.com and CD-ROM products) and the Society’s educational products. In addition, National Geographic Maps produces Trails Illustrated maps, TOPO! digital maps, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, and atlases. Maps are available to National Geographic members and the public.
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