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Benchmark Maps is a publishing company based in Santa Barbara, California. The company currently publishes detailed atlases for eleven states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Benchmark Maps got its start in 1995, and has sold over two million maps and atlases. Road conditions and recreation opportunities for all atlas titles are thoroughly field-checked by Benchmark staff for accuracy.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Benchmark Maps; 2nd edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929591666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929591667
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Connie G Scammell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2009
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I recently completed a two-month road trip, of which two weeks were spent in Montana. This atlas was a godsend, showing me forest roads that were not always noted on other maps. National forests, BLM lands, all were clearly shown in this atlas. I could open to whatever page I needed and find a campground, trail head or a forest to camp in. Special notes of interest were also annotated, showing Lewis and Clark sites, Indian encampments and other historical events.

The accuracy of this atlas is impressive. For the Bozeman area there is a special map that shows that area in great detail. The details are so clear that when I finally left Montana for Wyoming, I felt completely lost without my Benchmark map showing me the way. All my old Delorme gazetteers will be replaced with Benchmark maps.

Since I use both Benchmark and Delorme maps, I've realized from my road trip that for western states that have greater public lands, the Benchmark atlases serve a better purpose than the road atlas of Delorme.

If you like the outdoors, enjoy hiking, camping, cycling or kayaking or American history, or prefer the hidden back roads, this is the atlas for you. Scenic drives, bike trails, major trail heads and even waterfalls are noted here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Kirkwood on February 23, 2010
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I had never seen a Recreation Atlas before this one. My family does a lot of camping out in the wilderness and we thought we'd try this one. It is very helpful because it not only shows the roads but has lists of campgrounds, recreation spots, and a lot more. It also has detailed section maps of the state so that you can get a close up look at an area. We horseback ride and this atlas even shows the trails that you can hike, bike, or horseback ride on! We were pleasantly surprised with this product.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Hill on December 27, 2008
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If you want to explore the backroads and find the best area's to go camping, without a lot of people next door, you need this book. It's nice to know that when you start into a remote area, whether you can expect to find quiet solitude around you, or a KOA campground...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly J Dauer on July 8, 2012
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If I could have given 4.9 stars I would have... the only reason I gave it 4 stars is that we also bought the DeLorme map book of Montana and used both, and there were things missing in this one (fewer private campgrounds were noted) that were marked in the DeLorme book. But this one had some things that were not in the DeLorme book (more National Forest campgrounds were noted, and a few more roads), so I recommend using both if you are planning a serious back-roads trip through Montana. ALL the numbered forest roads are in there, and the scale is a bit smaller so we get more details. We would have been lost without these map books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Whiteside on September 30, 2013
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I've reviewed the other Benchmark maps, but seeing how I live in Montana, I'd like to tell you about my experience with this map here. I've been a long time fan of Benchmark maps and think I have every state except Utah. This map of Montana is far better than common atlas counterparts you'll see out there. I'm actually on my second copy for Montana, one's a duct taped field version and the other's my home reference. I like having paper maps and still make an effort to navigate with them on occasion.

I use this to plan out camping trips fairly extensively and have identified some cool areas with it. Most campgrounds are marked, as are fishing holes, raft camps, ranches, nuclear missile sites and other recreational or interesting things worth knowing about an area. The rivers and creeks are well defined and will be an indispensable reference for the fly fishermen who seeks to explore uncharted, challenging waters. State and BLM land is fairly easily identified and all forests are clearly marked. Many major hiking trails and trail systems are displayed on the maps and most geographically interesting things are identified as well. If you like to get out and explore or you're an outdoorsman/outdoorswoman in Montana, there's really no other map for you.

The shaded relief maps found in the Benchmark maps are incredibly easy to read for elevation and landscape contours. I've criticized the elevation coloring of higher elevations on other Benchmark state maps, and Montana is no exception. The problem is everything from 6000 feet up is white, so you can't see the difference between a 6,000' peak and a 10K' peak. It's probably even more important here as a fair bit of our land exceeds 6,000 feet. But nonetheless, it's easy to figure out where you're at within the terrain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doc W8 on August 31, 2013
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We like to explore the smaller roads to find beautiful spots such as Wade Lake. We started with the Benchmark atlas for our home state of Idaho, and liked that so well we got this one and the Wyoming one. Best feature is the state outline on each page that shows where the detailed map is located in the state. But, some roads shown on the detailed maps are really not for passenger cars, but rather All wheel drive vehicles with lots of undercarriage clearance and well tightened parts, and many are quite narrow if you should meet someone coming from the opposite direction. Be sure to pay attention to weather warnings before taking that road less travelled by!
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