Customize Paper Maps with Gaia GPS

Customize paper maps using the new print preview screen on Now you can quickly create and adjust selections before printing and be sure that your entire route is captured and easy to read. Additionally, maps can be exported as PDFs and will print in a higher resolution with a more reliable magnetic declination indicator.

Easily Adjust Map Orientation, Size and Scale

The new printing interface allows you to see an exact mock-up of the printed map, making it easy to fine-tune your preferred orientation, size and scale. New border parameters enable you to click and drag the map and zoom in and out to fit the selection of your customized paper map.

Comparison of old print preview screen and new print preview screen side by side.

Orientation: Toggle between landscape and portrait to view which orientation best fits the map selection. Swapping between different views requires fewer adjustments and makes it easy to see which orientation will be easiest to read when you’re holding the map on route.

Sizing: Choose from six printing size options ranging from letter size (8.5×11) to A2 (16.5×24). Measurements for each map size appear when making a selection, for quick reference.

Scale: Select a pre-defined scale to match up to your maps —like USGS topo— for easier cross-referencing. Scales range from 1:12k to 1:250k.

New Magnetic Declination Indicator

The magnetic declination indicator has been updated to consistently appear on printed maps, no matter how close to zero your magnetic declination is. This means you can always adjust your compass to increase your accuracy while navigating.

Better Resolution and Attribution

Printed maps will now print at a higher DPI and slightly better resolution. Attribution also appears in the bottom left corner of every map, clearly defining the source of the maps data.

Learn More

To access the new print preview screen, head over to the main map at To learn more about how to print your maps –including tips on layering and adding gridlines— visit the print maps online blog post or the help center.