ONLINE NATIONAL PARK MAP LIBRARY
The National Park Service in the USA publishes tons of great free maps and one national park ranger has collected them all, and made them available on one website, for the enjoyment,
education and convenience of everyone. On the site (http://npmaps.com ) you can download PDF and image files of any U.S. national park map. You can also view all parks alphabetically or sort them by state.
Matt Holly, a ranger with the NPS’ Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate in Colorado, launched the website during the government shutdown of 2013. He’s been updating the site ever since. The site currently has 1,053 high-resolution national park maps that are available to view, save, and download for free. Besides general park maps, the library includes trail maps, camping maps, nautical charts, guides to local geology and archaeology sites.
“I created this site because I love visiting national parks and planning trips by poring over a classic national park map. However, I’ve always found it time-consuming to visit each park’s web page and use an embedded map viewer or muddle through the website to find a nice printable map” he says on his site.
The online library is a very valuable tool for adventurers heading state-side for their next adventure, and the idea may well be picked up locally before too long.