WASHINGTON (June 26, 2006)–National Geographic has expanded its coverage of California with the release of seven new Trails Illustrated outdoor recreation maps for the Yosemite and Tahoe regions. Together with eight additional California titles, the maps provide a comprehensive and accurate account of the region’s national parks and forests, and help outdoor enthusiasts explore California from the ocean to the mountains and the deserts to the forests.
The new Trails Illustrated maps are available at outdoor retailers and map stores and can be ordered online at www.ngmapstore.com or by calling (800) 962-1643. Suggested retail price is $8.95 for the Yosemite titles and $9.95 for all other titles.
In addition to highways, paved roads and four-wheel-drive roads, each map includes marked hiking and biking trails. Additional marked features include national and state parks, wilderness areas and national forests. Easy-to-read symbols are strategically placed to quickly spot trailheads, ranger stations, campgrounds, fishing locations, rest areas, scenic viewing areas and other points of interest. Each map also includes select GPS waypoints and a full UTM grid.
The seven new Trails Illustrated titles include:
– Yosemite SW – Yosemite Valley & Wawona
– Yosemite NW – Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
– Yosemite NE – Tuolumne Meadows & Hoover Wilderness
– Yosemite SE – Ansel Adams Wilderness
– Lake Tahoe Basin
– Tahoe National Forest – Yuba & American Rivers
– Tahoe National Forest – Sierra Buttes/Donner Pass
In addition to these new titles, eight other area maps have recently been restyled using new data and color palettes. The maps also include enhanced relief shading and updated trail and road information. The restyled titles include:
– Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks (restyled 2006)
– Death Valley National Park (restyled 2006)
– Joshua Tree National Park (restyled 2005)
– Yosemite National Park (restyled 2005)
– Redwood National Park
– Mojave National Preserve
– Channel Islands National Park
– Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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 50 full-time cartographers who produce four map supplements per year for National Geographic magazine. 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 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.