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Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer Paperback – January 1, 2011
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First (and worst), the current edition of DeLorme for Colorado does not show all of the public campgrounds -- or even a respectable fraction of them. These are the ubiquitous US Forest Service campgrounds that are sprinkled throughout Colorado's ten national forests, and are a handy (though primitive) camping alternative for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors each year. Past editions of the Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer showed each and every USFS public campground, which meant that all the info I needed short of consulting a USFS National Forest-specific map was in one place: DeLorme. Now, however, the DeLorme map book shows maybe one out of every three or four -- which probably is worse than showing none at all. It is not omitting ALL USFS campgrounds; it is woefully INACCURATE in what it does show. This from an "atlas"?
Second, the new map book has so exaggerated the width of roads and over-emphasized place names that it looks like a cartoon of its former self. It is more difficult to read, and is almost deceptive in its scale of road size to the scale of the actual map. Further, by exaggerating road widths, it now has to sacrifice detail and accuracy anywhere neighborhoods appear, particularly in mountain areas. So, again, it is no longer adequate as my only map source when traveling to those areas.
Third, the "new and not improved" DeLorme has made the blue lines and lettering of stream and lake names even more difficult to read than before (and they were elusive in past editions). Instead of choosing ink colors and shades that would contrast more effectively, they chose a particular shade of green (for forest or public land areas) and a similar shade of blue (for streams, lakes, and their names) that are so close in hue that they all but blend into one another. For the outdoors enthusiast, this is frustrating and tedious.
Fourth and finally, DeLorme has chosen to de-emphasize land jurisdiction areas (e.g. BLM, USFS, State Land, etc.) by lightly coloring the margins of these areas, instead of coloring the entire background as before. While I would not trust the DeLorme book 100% on land jurisdiction before in order to avoid a trespassing citation, now it is difficult to see even approximate boundaries.
Now, instead of carrying only the DeLorme map book with me when I drive up into the mountains, I have to consult two or three other maps and carry them with me to have all the info I want. I'm sure somebody at DeLorme is very proud of the work they put in to make this edition look so much different from older editions; and they shouldn't be hard to find. Just look for the person who never has to actually use one when they camp, hike, or fish.
Conventional highway maps that you buy at gas stations or get from AAA don't have the level of detail necessary for rural destinations, so the Gazetteer is essential for route finding to these kinds of destinations.
The map shows topographical contours at a relatively course level, giving you a rough idea of the terrain. It also shows major trails, such as the Longs Peak trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, but the level of detail is not sufficient for hiking or off-road navigation.
The map also shades public land ownership, which can be useful for making educated guesses about access to trails and rivers -- but you still need to check ahead.
The map is *not* useful for driving in cities such as Denver, nor even in smaller towns such as Grand Lake, Estes Park or Boulder. At this scale, the map can't show street names, which is what you'd need. The Gazetteer would be more complete with 10 or so pages of town and city maps at the end.
One quirk of the Colorado map is that each page covering eastern Colorado covers the same amount of land as four pages in the rest of the state -- that is, it's at twice the scale. These are *really* empty counties, so the decision makes sense, but do be aware of this feature if using the map in that part of the state.
Atlas was delivered in a timely manner and was well packaged. Very pleased with this Amazon interaction.
Would give 5, but the book is awkwardly large - hard to carry along.