WASHINGTON (Oct. 7, 2005)–As outdoor enthusiasts take to the trails and ski slopes this season, they will find a valuable resource in National Geographic’s new and re-created Trails Illustrated maps for central Colorado. Together these four maps provide the most comprehensive and accurate account of the region’s most popular mountain areas, including Carbondale, Holy Cross, Aspen and Maroon Bells. In addition to detailed trail information, each map includes select GPS waypoints and a full UTM grid.
The new 1:40,680-scale maps are available at retail bookstores and specialty outdoor retailers, and can be ordered online at www.ngmapstore.com or by calling (800) 962-1643. Suggested retail price for each map is $9.95.
In addition to highways, paved roads and four-wheel-drive roads, each map includes marked hiking, biking, snowmobiling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing trails. Additional marked features include state parks, wilderness areas and national forests. Easy-to-read symbols are strategically placed to quickly spot trailheads, ski areas, ranger stations, campgrounds, fishing locations, rest areas, scenic viewing areas and other points of interest.
The new Trails Illustrated title, Carbondale/Basalt, adds an important recreation area to National Geographic Maps’ comprehensive Colorado coverage. In addition to this new title, three other area maps have been completely re-created using new data and color palettes. They also include enhanced relief shading, and updated trail and road information. They include:
– Holy Cross, Ruedi Reservoir
– Aspen, Independence Pass
– Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
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 difficulty level for hiking, mountain biking or climbing.
Trails Illustrated maps provide guidelines for wilderness conduct specific to each region, as well as safety and survival tips. The National Geographic Maps division supports leave-no-trace outdoor skills and ethics and provides information to map users to help them protect precious backcountry resources. Contact information for local ranger districts is also included.
National Geographic Maps employs 60 full-time cartographers who produce four 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.