Posted by: Kirsten | Sunday, 27 July 2008

National Park Maps… a la Carte

Planning a trip to a National Park, Monument, or Historic Site and need the map to help plan ahead? You can always write to the park well ahead of time and have them send you those nice NPS park maps that you always get when first entering the park or when strolling through the Visitor Center. I’ve done that many times and the vast majority of National Park Service units will send you out their park map, Junior Ranger booklets, and other brochures and learning materials ahead of time if you just ask. However, there’s always a time, perhaps because of last minute planning (or procrastinating as the case may be) where you need a map FAST and you need a map NOW! Never fear — an NPS website is here!

Maps are available in a variety of types, file formats, and sizes, and guides to map symbols used by NPS are available.  Check ’em out, print ’em out, and you’ll never need to ask for directions again!  Well, maybe.

If it turns out you need a printed park map after all, you can request a printed park brochure (which includes a park map), by contacting Frances Cherry in the NPS Office of Public Affairs (address: National Park Service, Office of Public Affairs, Room 7012, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20240; phone: 202-208-4747; email: Be sure to include your address and postal code with the request.

Parke Diem!
— Jon

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