NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

USGS Topo Maps in the Great Basin


The United States government owns almost 85% of the total land in Nevada. By far, this is the largest percentage of any state in the nation. There are good points and bad points to this, and it's unlikely everyone will ever agree on land management issues in the west.

Some of this land is leased out to agriculture, some to mining, but huge parts of the state are wide open for exploration and recreation. There are, of course, a few rules you should follow before wandering out into the wild.

Most importantly, please treat your back-country explorations much like you would a cave trip. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Carry sufficient gas, water and food. Services are few and far between and your mobile devices are typically useless. Above all, be realistic about your own skills and comfort level. The solitude of these wide open spaces means you may travel for miles (or days) without seeing another human. Most of us out here think that's an incredible thing... until a vehicle breaks down or a tire blows out. Be careful.

USGS Map Downloads

To get a list of topographical maps that cover a particular area, drag the orange map icon to your point of interest then click the "Find Maps" button. You will be able to download your map on the next page. The NSS 75th Anniversary Convention's map database currently contains 64,150 maps from Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California and Arizona. The catalog was last updated on Sunday, May 21, 2017.


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