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Paper back, Topographic Maps, U.S.A.
We've used these for years in the desert as I'm sure other off-roaders out there have also. They are still available, and are priced reasonably. Last look they were costing $19.95 each except for California & Texas which were $24.95 (big states). We have two Arizona Atlases because one of them is completely worn out with many missing pages. It got a lot of use. It really was much better than any state map you can purchase.
To be honest they are not the most detailed topographic maps, but will get you into some dirt roads, but will not show them all. The insert here is an example of the Kofa Butte area and some of the main roads are shown, some of the smaller roads are not shown. For this you'll need a more detailed map. These are great to keep in your vehicle for those times when you were not prepared to enter the more desolate places.
To find an area you're interested in on one of the many pages of this atlas you can use the back of the book which is a guide for the state with pages listed for individual areas in the state. Really nice feature that makes using the maps a lot quicker. It also makes for a nice main highway map of the state.
If you didn't know these were available or where to get them then this should help. Just visit Delorme's web site and you can order the Atlas books on line and have them shipped to you. In the capture below when you get to their site just click on "Paper Atlases" and you'll find a complete listings for all the states.
Delorme's WEB SITE
Baja Almanac, Mexico
The Baja Almanac's latest version is for the entire peninsula of Baja. The one we have is for Baja Norte, which is the Norther half only. If you want to travel in Baja these Almanac's are great, but hard to come by.
Even ten years ago when we got our Almanac they were hard to come by. They sold for around $20. We were lucky and got this northern edition in San Felipe, Mexico and never did get the southern edition. In later years they came out with ones that covered all of Baja. The people that publish them are located in Las Vegas, Nevada and have a reputation for being hard to get a hold of and it's even harder to buy their Almanac's.
I'll give you the link below for the web site for this Almanac, but please use care and make sure you'll be satisfied. At this point there are a few of these (some used) for sale on Amazon for nearly $500. I can't even begin to imagine why they'd be priced so high. The web site linked below says they are not accepting orders at this time. So why did I put this here? It is the only topo book of maps for Baja that I know of and a lot of people really liked them, including us. Maybe they'll publish them again.
Baja Almanac WEB SITE
Even in the digital age that we live in you sometimes need help from an old style paper format. Hard to believe but yes these are still sold and used today by many travelers in the desert.