SALT LAKE CITY,/WASHINGTON, DC (August 15, 2002)—Hikers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts can get more out of their park experience with National Geographic’s recently updated Trails Illustrated maps for Pisgah Ranger District, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Mt. Rainier National Parks. Developed using the latest USGS data and refined with input from local rangers and park officials, the revised and enhanced Trails Illustrated maps are packed with the most current information available and packaged with greater resolution and colorful graphics to create a more functional, user-friendly navigational tool for park visitors. Outdoor Retailer attendees can preview the new Trails Illustrated maps at National Geographic Maps booth #1849.
The updated titles can be purchased at a suggested retail price of $9.95 per map and will be available at book, map, and outdoor specialty stores, online at nationalgeographic.com/maps and by calling 800-962-1643.
Highlights of the revisions include:
Grand Canyon National Park
-Enlarged scale of 1 inch=1 mile (1:63,360) to increase level of topographic detail
-Detailed shaded relief and new color pallet illustrating canyon depth and increasing clarity of line and area features
-Increased trail accuracy, updating location and quality of trails
-New regional locator, indicating access areas requiring tribal permits
-Skill level recommendations for backcountry areas
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
-Increased scale from 62,500K to 70K to incorporate more park access points
-New digital trail layer differentiating trail usability
-In-depth shaded relief and increased contour intervals
-Merging of auto-tour loops and corridors, with indicators for traffic flow and buildings of historic significance
Mount Rainier National Park
-New layout increasing coverage of national forest and wilderness areas and enabling greater detail of popular Paradise area
-More detailed shading and contours, providing near-photographic view of mountain
-Updated text providing information on park wildlife, expected weather conditions, recommended safety precautions, activities and regulations
Pisgah Ranger District
-Revised layout including the two neighboring towns of Asheville and Waynesville
-Greater shaded relief increasing rendering of physical landscape
-Road classification to help users more effectively plan routes
-Addition of several popular scenic driving routes and trail corridors
Grand Teton National Park
-Enlarged scale to 1:80,000 (1 inch = 1.3 mile) to include the entire Jedediah Smith Wilderness; easy-to-use scale of 1:31,680 (1 inch = 1/2 mile) on the flip-side of the map details the heart of the Teton mountains
-Detailed shading and contours, providing a near- photographic view of the mountains and canyons and adding depth to Jackson Lake
-Road and trail classification
Yellowstone National Park
-New layout featuring five adjacent forest including Shoshone, Bridger-Teton, Caribou-Targhee, Gallatin and Custer National Forests
-Bathymetric shading of Yellowstone Lake
-Highlighted Continental Drive Trail with an easy to distinguish orange tint
All National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps are printed on durable, tear-resistant, waterproof paper designed to weather varied field conditions.
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, TrailSmart digital maps, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, and atlases. Maps are available to members and the public.
Editor’s Note: Product samples and artwork are available upon request. Please contact Liz Nickless at (202) 775-6163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.