To many technophiles out there, the idea of using a paper atlas in this age of GPS, WAAS, and geosynchronos satellites might seem antiquated or even a little silly. But anyone who ventures off-road should always carry a compass and an atlas of the area they'll be exploring, regardless of whether they are using a GPS unit. Batteries can die and electronics can be temperamental. If you want to wander far from home, it's important to be self-sufficient.
Toward that end, Benchmark Maps has just released the Utah Road & Recreation Atlas, and it is the most comprehensive atlas we've ever reviewed. It is divided into two parts: recreation maps and landscape maps. The recreation maps are color-coded to indicate what group controls any particular region: BLM, USFS, the state, Feds, or Indians. The landscape maps are far more detailed and indicate a vast range of highways, roads, and even four-wheel-drive paths.
Both sections of maps are overlaid with GPS grids, so you can make fairly accurate plans before you ever hit the trail and use your GPS to update your position on the map as you travel.
The amount of detail in these maps is absolutely staggering and exactly what you need to get you there and back again. We liked the fact that the atlas is oversized to make reading the maps much easier. The comprehensive index makes finding counties, cities, towns, and physical features a breeze.
This is an excellent atlas that everyone heading to Utah should own.
For More InformationUtah Road & Recreation Atlas is published by Benchmark Maps, 34 N. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501, (541) 779-3989, www.benchmarkmaps.com