Digitizing Maps Of National Parks For Potential Visitors

Maps form part of travel tools frequently given out to visitors of a national park. These iconic souvenirs orient visitors on what they can expect when they visit the park. Detailed information can be found on the rectangular brochures so that visitors will make the most from the outdoor adventure. The brochures follow a Unigrid design format that was invented in 1970 to simplify design and reduce waste.

The brochures of America’s national parks were designed by Massimo Vignelli who has gained popularity for designing New York’s subway signage. The Unigrid design that works horizontally and vertically is iconic because its deceptively simple design stands out among the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Nowadays, the national park maps have gained their own fan base. According to Scott Johnson of National Park Traveler website, the maps that Holly has collected are now being shared to people. The free maps of national parks were the idea of Matt Holly, a forest ranger who works for the National Park Service’s National Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate. Holly started his website of maps during a 2013 government shutdown. He digitized the paper-based maps to help visitors to the national parks plot out their adventure. Although Holly believes that nothing compares to the joy of unfolding a paper map and checking out the sites for the day’s experience, digitizing the maps will make it more efficient for smartphone owners.

Over a thousand maps have been digitized by Holly from 93 of the 411 park services locations. Some of the map parts were isolated for park publications intended for potential visitors. There are interactive versions of said maps for those who cannot get hold of the paper-based versions. The most popular item of the collection is the map of Bryce Canyon, a Utah reserve that is very popular among hikers who want to enjoy good scenery.

Illustrated Maps of Bryce Canyon are also available with detailed topographic information and clearly marked trails for those planning to visit. The Illustrated Maps also include recreational points of interest and navigational aids to enjoy a good experience at the amazing national resource.