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Garmin Topo Maps 3
Calif., Nevada, New Mexico
The Nevada and New Mexico maps are very similar to the ones reviewed for Arizona and the Desert Southwest maps. Great enhancements to your standard may systems offered by Garmin. The California map offered by GPS File Depot and linked here is excellent. Not only is the detail great but they are easier to read. See the examples below. Utah - see below.
Here are two examples of the topography detail on both the maps in the Picacho State Park area of Southeastern California.The Colorado River and the drainages (washes) are visible along with roads and topography features.
You can see how much more detail there is and how much easier it is to read the map.
Once again the Nevada and New Mexico maps are very similar to the Arizona topo maps you can download at GPS File Depot.
Here's a screen capture of the Utah map we downloaded. This map shows the detailed topography and the other map features you might need, plus more of the Jeep trails than some of the other maps. This is a very easy map to read. There is no elevation shading, but for off-road travel this is an excellent map.
Download Page for the Desert Southwest map. More info on this map on Page 1
These are great topography mapping systems and the downloads are free at
GPS File Depot
Download Page for the Arizona map. This map covers the entire state of Arizona.
Download Page for the California map. This map covers the entire state of California.
Warning -- The download times can be long as some of these maps are over 200 MB. A fast Internet connection is helpful.
GPS Units Our review of two different Garmin GPS units. Our favorite is available at the Amazon Store. Our personal choice is the E-trex Vista HCx, see our review here.....
Typical topo view from Garmin's MapSource software
Typical topo view from map on GPS File Depot
Download Page for the New Mexico map. Map covers the entire state of New Mexico.
PAGE 1 Desert Southwest Map
PAGE 2 Arizona Map
Download Page for the Nevada map. Map covers the entire state of Nevada.
PAGE 3 Other states You're here
The people at the GPS File Depot are very helpful, so don't overlook their forum (registration is free). If you had to buy these maps they could be very expensive, so don't hesitate to DONATE to their site! They have many links on the site for installing and using these maps, and even building them if you choose to do so.
Download links for 6 maps below..
Download Page for the Utah map. This map covers the entire state of Utah.