Category Archives: New Maps

See More Stars: New Light Pollution Map from Gaia GPS

Find dark skies and build an epic stargazing or meteor-watching session into your next overnight trip with the new worldwide Light Pollution Map. The Light Pollution Map makes it easy to find isolated wilderness, quiet campsites, and unparalleled views of the stars. It’s especially useful for viewing this summer’s upcoming Eta Aquarids and Perseids Meteor… Read More »

Pacific Crest Trail Maps Available in Gaia GPS, Starting with Washington

In 2017, renowned thru-hiker and mapmaker Lon Cooper (Halfmile) partnered with National Geographic to craft meticulously accurate maps of the Pacific Crest Trail. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve joined that historic partnership to bring you those same PCT maps in Gaia GPS. We’re rolling out the maps one state at a time, starting with… Read More »

Seek Out the Wild with the New Wilderness Areas Map Overlay

In the U.S., a wilderness area is officially defined as a place “retaining its primeval character and influence,” a place “untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” As such, wilderness areas are the gold standard for conservation, preservation, and experiencing nature in its rawest form. But in the developed… Read More »

9 Reasons to Adventure in Japan (And the Best Map to Get You There)

Volcanic mountain ranges, hot springs, and world-class powder skiing are enough to put Japan on any adventure traveler’s map. Next time you’re considering an international vacation, here are a few reasons Japan should make your short list. 1) Downloadable topo maps mean it’s easy to navigate. Whether you’re sightseeing, snorkeling, skiing, or hiking in Japan,… Read More »

New Map Overlay: Explore Canada Trails with Gaia GPS

Canada is home to 47 national parks and hundreds of provincial and territorial parks, all crossed and interconnected by world-class trails. Now, you can explore all of them with Gaia GPS. Thanks to a new trails overlay from award-winning Canadian mapmaker Backroad Mapbooks (BRMB), the Gaia GPS map catalogue includes more detailed coverage of Canada… Read More »

New NatGeo Maps for Desolation Wilderness and Big Bend National Park

The National Geographic Trails Illustrated layer now covers both California’s Desolation Wilderness and Texas’s Big Bend National Park. About Desolation Wilderness Glaciers shaped the land of Desolation Wilderness thousands of years ago, leaving the granite peaks scarred and polished and dotted with alpine lakes. Located just west of Lake Tahoe in Northern California, Desolation Wilderness… Read More »

Unlock New Routes with the USFS Roads and Trails Overlay

An overlay featuring backroads, forgotten trails, and brand-new routes currently unavailable on any other Gaia GPS map, USFS Roads and Trails expands your possibilities. Use it to explore the backcountry, and add it to your repertoire of tools for building the ultimate customized map. The USFS Roads and Trails overlay displays a web of roads… Read More »

Streamline Your Navigation with the Satellite Topo Base Map

Combine the best features of the Gaia Topo base map with ESRI world satellite imagery on a single, easy-to-use layer. Ideal for everything from planning backcountry ski tours to scouting off-trail routes up desert washes, the new Satellite Topo map promises to become Gaia GPS’s most versatile base map yet. The seamless marriage of satellite… Read More »

Plan Your Winter Adventure with the Snowfall Forecast Overlay

Whether you’re chasing powder or just trying to avoid a day of postholing in two feet of fresh, the new 24-, 48-, and 72-hour Snowfall Forecast overlays make it easy to dial in your winter trip prep. Available for both iOS users as well as on gaiagps.com, the Snowfall Forecast overlays use color-coded shading to… Read More »

Use the Roadless and Trailless Areas Overlays to Find Solitude at a Glance

Next time you need to get away from it all, really get away with Gaia GPS’s new Roadless Areas overlay. Or, go even deeper with the Roadless and Trailless Areas overlay. Maybe you’re looking for a high mountain stream that hasn’t been fished out, a piece of the whitetail season opener you can call your own,… Read More »