National Geographic Topographic Map Guides

Topographic Map Guides are the Swiss Army Knives of maps


Topographic Map Guides are user-friendly and light-weight small booklet format maps printed on rugged waterproof, tear-resistant paper. They are laser-focused on the information needed for trail navigation. Each two-page map spread includes a detailed topographic map centered on the trail or river. Below the map is a trail profile that shows the distance between important trail features and intersections keyed to locations on the map. Together, the map and trail profile provide a step by step visual guide to traversing the trail or river. The front pages include a regional locator map and map legend, plus overview information about the region, descriptions of hikes, seasonality, regulations, and safety guidelines. Learn about the creation and evolution of the Topographic Map Guide series.

Topographic Map Guides