Tuesday, June 14, 2016

National Parks Maps Available Online

Happy Campers:  National Parks Maps Available Online

Over 1,000 high-resolution national park maps are now available to view, save, and download for free.  The Web page is not officially affiliated with the National Park Service, but the site offers an organized resource for accessing the maps.

Matt Holly, a ranger at the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship Science Directorate in Colorado, has been uploading the maps since 2013.  The site includes general park maps, trail maps, topographic maps, camping maps, nautical charts, and guides to local geology and archaeology.  The maps are organized alphabetically and by state.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library is a federal government depository, so it receives national park maps and nautical charts from the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other government map publishers.  The maps in the GRMC are available for circulation for two weeks or longer.

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