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We use Benchmark atlases and google maps...works great.


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dcason wrote:

We use Benchmark atlases and google maps...works great.


I have Benchmark maps and they are good but do not show campgrounds other than parks. The OP does not want to use electronics. So the GS book if it is still published is his only option.

Unfortunately the OP is just out of sync with the modern world. But good luck to him.


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And I thought I was stubborn having resisted getting a smart phone. Using it right now and the amount of info at your fingertips is unbelievable.


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I have had a copy of this book for 20 years and still fall back on it at times.
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/moon-pacif........L2MQAvD_BwE#idiq=7192069&edition=8209821

I know nothing of this seller, it was just one of the first hits that came up.

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This is what OP asked for:
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I would like to avoid electronic books and love actual paper books and maps if anyone knows a good resource for low cost camping spots along western routes. I like out of the way routes and stay off the common routes. Even spending extra 2 days getting somewhere is not a problem.

Thank you ever so much.


He didn't ask for campgrounds...just camping spots and that is what benchmark provides....BLM lands, national forest service lands, etc These ARE out of the way and many times you will have the place to yourselves. We always do a google maps search to further explore the spot before going there to see what we see (like campers in the zoom). Works great for us. This is the boondocking/dry camping category, not campgrounds. So I think I am spot on.

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I have had great results using all the above and most all were free to me.

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Last May, we went mostly across the U.S. before we found a Truckers Atlas at a truck stop. It seems that "maps" are so old school.
On the other hand, the new atlas we bought really didn't have much different than the 12 year old one we had.
I understand the need of the OP to have printed information.

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We've been looking for a good paper/plastic Atlas for years, without much luck.

We carry an old Atlas that shows most routes, and most NPS, NFS, COE, and state parks - which is generally where we camp. It now lives as if it had a major highway accident - complete with taped up pages and small rips, a few missing pages. Not quite in a cast yet [emoticon] .

We use it as much as we can. But it forced Genie to learn more about her phone and mini-GPS on it while we travel. We supplement the map with searches on it, especially between destinations and looking for an overnight stop, sometimes using private CG's if no NP or SP nearby.

We haven't traveled much in the last eighteen months or so, but continue looking for a good national level camping Atlas. We like the size and feel of paper and a state-wide page instead of the pint-sized partial image on the phone. It's worked well for us over the years. We'll see what happens next trip out - wandering north to end in SC for family wedding in May ... Alot has changed since our last road trip of any distance.


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For us, the tiny little phone screens aren't really usable ... plus often phone memories aren't large enough to hold detailed wide area maps in case the phone can't connect to a cell tower at any particular place.

A laptop with a large memory holding, for instance, detailed maps of the entire Western U.S. - with the necessary GPS receiver plugged into one of it's USB ports - is the way to do it, IMHO.

* This post was edited 03/06/22 09:35pm by pnichols *

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pnichols wrote:

For us, the tiny little phone screens aren't really usable ... plus often phone memories aren't large enough to hold detailed wide area maps in case the phone can't connect to a cell tower at any particular place.

A laptop with a large memory holding, for instance, detailed maps of the entire Western U.S. - with the necessary GPS receiver plugged into one of it's USB ports - is the way to do it, IMHO.


While I agree that a laptop provides the most flexibility, a large iPad or other tablet will do much of the same at a lower cost and, depending on the model, already has the GPS built in.


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