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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 11:52 AM
maps - best road map? best topo map?


Looking for a good map of Baja, need one that shows roads cities etc. also would like something that shows topo features, so that may be another map or set of maps, something like the gazeteers series would be great.

any ideas? sources?
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 12:03 PM


The Baja California Almanac (topographic road and trail map book).
All out-of-print. A Nomad recently made copies of the '98 ones.
Find new or used ones online:
*2009 (new, large size)
*2003 (single volume, all color)
*& ca 1998 (two volume ,norte & sur)

Earlier were the two large Baja Topographic Atlas books (1986, 1991)...



Sample from 2009:


Sample from 2003:


The 2003 and 2009 editions:




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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 12:08 PM
thanks


thats what I am looking for, I'll start looking on line -
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Quote: Originally posted by David K  
The Baja California Almanac (topographic road and trail map book).
All out-of-print. A Nomad recently made copies of the '98 ones.
Find new or used ones online:
*2009 (new, large size)
*2003 (single volume, all color)
*& ca 1998 (two volume ,norte & sur)

Earlier were the two large Baja Topographic Atlas books (1986, 1991)...



Sample from 2009:


[Edited on 11-13-2017 by David K]
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 12:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by caj13  
Looking for a good map of Baja, need one that shows roads cities etc. also would like something that shows topo features, so that may be another map or set of maps, something like the gazeteers series would be great.

any ideas? sources?


the national geographic maps are good. they make a pair of maps covering baja. 1:450,000 scale. you can buy from variety of online vendors




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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 12:09 PM


looks like they are 400 bucks - a bit to steep for a book of maps IMHO - until of course i get lost!
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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by caj13  
Looking for a good map of Baja, need one that shows roads cities etc. also would like something that shows topo features, so that may be another map or set of maps, something like the gazeteers series would be great.

any ideas? sources?


the national geographic maps are good. they make a pair of maps covering baja. 1:450,000 scale. you can buy from variety of online vendors


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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 12:15 PM


Don't know where you live and if you (or a family member/friend) are a member of the Auto Club (AAA).

Their Baja maps are out of print, but I have had success in finding them is smaller/rural offices


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Looking for a good map of Baja, need one that shows roads cities etc. also would like something that shows topo features, so that may be another map or set of maps, something like the gazeteers series would be great.

any ideas? sources?
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Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Don't know where you live and if you (or a family member/friend) are a member of the Auto Club (AAA).

Their Baja maps are out of print, but I have had success in finding them is smaller/rural offices


Quote: Originally posted by caj13  
Looking for a good map of Baja, need one that shows roads cities etc. also would like something that shows topo features, so that may be another map or set of maps, something like the gazeteers series would be great.

any ideas? sources?


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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 05:25 PM


+1 votes for the AAA map for general highway driving and the Baja Almanac for the dirt roads.

This year I'm also bringing my phone with GaiaGPS app, it's only $10 and you can download highly detailed maps for offline use, including various topos and high resolution satellite imagery (nice for 'exploring' dirt tracks that don't show up on regular maps.) The app is very full featured and can of course 'follow' you as you drive, display all manner of statistics & trip data. There's an online companion site where you can geek out on things such as synchronizing tracks & waypoints, export / import with Google Earth, etc. Since it's offline, you don't need cell service.
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 05:30 PM


Several good free app's out there for your phone. I use Osmand on my android, you can also buy E32 for your phone or tablet. I haven't tried them but a lot of people like them. One of those and a AAA map and your pretty well covered.
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 06:17 PM


Yes, many of us use the above maps but the best topos maps come from INEGI the Mexican equivalent of the USGS maps in the states. Free download with instructions on this site.
Most used would be the Almanc. Watch Ebay and wait for a 2009 version for $100-200. Look every day until you find. $400 for new unused would be a good price.
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 07:43 PM
AAA maps are available


In spite of being told the AAA maps were out of print and hard to find, I was able to get them from the main AAA website. Just requested them and received!

I first found them at my local office a couple years ago. And then went back and they still had them. Got another off the website just a few months ago when I was requesting other maps. Still available.

I've come to the conclusion they are not out of print at all, but were maybe between printings?
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 07:45 PM


Quote: Originally posted by caj13  
looks like they are 400 bucks - a bit to steep for a book of maps IMHO - until of course i get lost!


They show up on occasion for $40, here and there. You just have to be first. And persistent.

I'm hopeful someone will print a new Baja Almanac. Soon! But who knows..
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[*] posted on 11-13-2017 at 08:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Gscott  
In spite of being told the AAA maps were out of print and hard to find, I was able to get them from the main AAA website.
I've come to the conclusion they are not out of print at all, but were maybe between printings?


I was able to get them at the AAA in Grass Valley CA last year, but I went back recently and they are gone, and will not be back in stock again!




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[*] posted on 11-14-2017 at 11:03 AM


Ill try my local AAA. I did order up the nat geo north and south maps on Amazon, but they are backordered, no idea if and when they might show up
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