Every time I am out in one of the National Forests, I try to make sure I have the correct and most up to date Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM), even if it is just the electronic version. But sometimes I have a hard time making sure I am on the right trail or ensuring that I know where I am going. This weekend I found a great tool, and I wanted to share it with everyone. On the Santa Fe National Forest website
, they provide multiple tools to assist with navigation. I found that the Avenza PDF Map App was the best one for my iPhone, but I may try to play with the other tools later on.
The website explains in detail how to use the app on your phone (iPhones
). I used this app yesterday to play around in the Jemez mountains. We found a couple trails that looked like they haven't seen much traffic, and that may be because of all the closures. But anyways...this app and MVUMs allowed us to stay on the trail and comply with the laws of the forest.
My iPhone was working with the GPS even when we did not have service. The maps were on point and kept us on the designated trails. The MVUMs identify the trails with different legends to show you the purpose of the trail to include camping, motorcycle trails, etc.
The app is free and so are the MVUMs. It looks like if you can get the MVUM to any National Forest, it will work with this app. This app is a great tool, and it does help. But it would also be a good idea to have a paper copy just in case. You never know how electronics are going to act.