California Road & Recreation AtlasFour-wheelers who enjoy venturing off the beaten path should always carry a compass and a map of the area they'll be exploring, regardless of whether they're carrying a GPS unit. When far from home, it's important to be as self-sufficient as possible, and relying solely on electronics to get you safely there and back again can leave you at the mercy of unforeseen malfunctions.
If you intend to explore the less-traveled regions of California, then the new California Road & Recreation Atlas from Benchmark Maps is precisely the tool you need to plan your trip. This atlas is quite simply the most comprehensive collection of maps we've ever reviewed. It is divided into two parts: recreation maps and landscape maps. The recreation maps are color-coded to indicate who owns or controls any particular region, whether it be the BLM, the USFS, the state, the Feds, or the Native-American tribes. 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 ideally suited to the needs of four-wheelers planning remote excursions. We liked the fact that the atlas is oversized to make reading the maps much easier. As an added bonus, the comprehensive index makes finding counties, cities, towns, and physical features a breeze.
This is an outstanding atlas that anyone exploring California should own.
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Contact: California Road & Recreation Atlas is published by Benchmark Maps, 34 N. Central Ave., Medford, OR 97501, (541) 779-3989, www.benchmarkmaps.com.