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Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer Paperback – January 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: DeLorme Publishing (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975937405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975937402
  • ASIN: 0899332889
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 10.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having just purchased my fourth edition of the DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer, I immediately noticed several differences from past editions, all of which make this product an inferior "update" to what had been my mainstay map book for recreation here in Colorado.

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).
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You should receive the sixth edition (2002) of the DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer when you order from Amazon, even though Amazon's listing still shows only the fifth edition (2000). The atlas is indispensable if you're planning to travel on the back roads or the major Forest Service or BLM roads of Colorado. Governmental jurisdictions are well-differentiated by color, and the topographic relief is very nice.
The only caveat is that the scale of the maps in this atlas, at 1:160,000, is too large to show great detail. If you're mountain biking or hiking in remote terrain or on minor trails, you should get additional maps, such as smaller-scale governmental maps or those made by Latitude 40.
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I used the previous version of the Gazetteer for the past 13 years, and have found this version to not be as useful. I should mention that I need to know where public lands boundaries are, and these were much better delineated in the previous version. Otherwise, the major public roads appear up-to-date, but there could be improvements for unimproved roads on public lands.
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Very poor details compared to the Colorado Road and Recreation Atlas. Do not even use it.
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I recently moved to Colorado and I always use Delorme Gazeteers for getting outdoors. Great detail and great for planning adventures. Not so great for a driving map or for finding tourist points of interest. Great back-up in case your GPS batteries die on you in the middle of nowhere.
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The State of Colorado contains possibly more extreme sightseeing opportunities with it's more than fifty mountains exceeding 12,000 feet than any other in the Union, with the possible exception of Alaska. These Delorme map books are superior and enable the traveler to seek and find those unique locations.
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The book is great. Aside from being a very in depth map/atlas, it gives a lot of extra information on areas such as bodies of water, fishing, hunting etc. Even gives some information about fun/interesting places to visit. Living in CO, I am surprised at the detail and accuracy of back roads and forest accesses. Would recommend for anyone that wants a detailed CO map or good hiking/biking/outdoor guide to the state.
Would give 5, but the book is awkwardly large - hard to carry along.
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This map is awesome. My wife and I use it when out in the mountains off-roading. It's great to have something we can use to navigate without any cell service. We've been able to find ourselves in the boonies and get back to a main road a couple times using this. If you like to get off the beaten path, I would strongly recommend a map like this.
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