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Mapping Information and Software we Recommend 

Colorado Forest Service Regions:

Colorado BLM Regions:

Forest Service and BLM Office Locations around Colorado

Interactive Map, Click on the Icon for the area you want to retrieve the information
for that Office.



While we do recommend some Apps for your Smart Phone, there simply is no perfect replacement for a good old fashion Paper Map.  There are plenty of great paper maps available, there are two that we HIGHLY Recommend, a copy of the Forest Service MVUM for the respective District you will be traveling in and a GOOD Topographic Map.

With these two types of Maps you will always have the all so important information when needed.  The MVUM will give you the information on what FS Trail you are on and a possible route to get out or relay information to others if you are in need of assistance.  The Topographic map can also be important, as it will show you the type of terrain you are in enabling you to plot a course that will be easiest to follow.

With that being said you will find the Apps we recommend below.  You can also visit the Interactive Map above and find the Ranger District for the Area you will be in and obtain an MVUM for that District at their Office: 



MVUM Sample Image

TOPO Sample Image




Smart Phone Apps that we Use

Avenza PDF Maps



iPhone Install:

  1. Go to “App Store”, search for “Avenza Maps” and install.
  2. Open “Avenza Maps”, select “Store” function from the lower bar.
  3. Select the search function in top right corner.
  4. Search for a Ranger District or select from the pins that appear.
  5. Use the “Free” button to download to the phone.
  6. Downloaded maps show up in the “Maps” list on the lower left.
  7. Select appropriate map for the district’s trails you will be using. Your location appears using GPS sensor.

Android Install:

  1. Go to “Play Store”, search for “Avenza Maps” and install.
  2. Open “Avenza Maps”, select “Store” function from the lower bar.
  3. Select the search function in top right corner.
  4. Search for a Ranger District or select from the pins that appear.
  5. Use the “Free” button to download to the phone.
  6. Downloaded maps show up in the “Maps” list on the lower left.
  7. Select appropriate map for the district’s trails you will be using. Your location appears using GPS sensor.


GAIA Maps



iPhone Install:

  1. Go to “App Store”, search for “GAIA GPS: Hunting Hiking Maps” and install.
  2. Open “GAIA GPS”, select the "Layering" option in the upper right corner.
  3. Select "Edit" from this screen and choose the option for the type of map you would like to Download

Some options require a premium membership

Android Install:

  1. Go to “Play Store”, search for “GAIA GPS: Hunting, Hiking Maps” and install.
  2. Open “GAIA GPS”, select “Store” function from the lower bar.
  3. Select "Edit" from this screen and choose the option for the type of map you would like to download.

Some options require a premium membership