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   Map Features and How to Use Them

This map displays individual recreation sites, campgrounds, scenic roads, and trails on public lands in the American West. Most sites will have detailed information, shown in a pop-up when you click its icon.

  • Icons: Each icon shows only the most-used type of recreation available at each site (e.g. if fishing and hiking are both features at a site, hiking will be shown as the icon). These icons don't change when filtering. When zoomed out, icons are grouped together and display the number of sites in the area. Zoom in or click this icon to see the individual sites.
  • Zoom: Hold the Ctrl or key and use the scroll wheel to zoom. You can also double-click to zoom in or use the on-screen buttons.

  • Site Information: Click an icon, and select "read more" (if information is available) to see a full list of amenities, contacts, and recommended maps that cover the area.

  • Search & Filter: Use the search bar to find an area you know the name of, or the filters to narrow down the kinds of sites you want displayed. Make sure you are zoomed out before you search or apply filters (the filters only search the currently visible area of the map). Currently active filters are highlighted in purple. When using the "More Filters" menu, make sure your selections are highlighted in purple and click "Show Results" to search.
  • Suggested Sites and Maps: When you activate a filter, a list of relevant sites in view will appear at the bottom of the page. This will update when you re-select filters or click "Show Results" in the filters menu.

   Recreating Responsibly

Please contact the appropriate agency before travelling to a destination; site amenities or accessibility may change depending on weather and road conditions or time of year.

This map should be used as a starting point for finding new areas to explore, not as a replacement for official, current information.


This map may not display perfectly on all devices or browsers. We recommend using a desktop running Google Chrome or Firefox browsers if you are having trouble loading or navigating the map.

Contact Us: We're happy to help navigate this map or refer you to the right agency that can answer your specific questions.

Call or visit our office and bookstore in Albuquerque, NM at (505)345-9498 (Open M-F, 8am-4:30pm Mountain Time) or email us at

For questions about New Mexico Public Lands specifically, contact the NM Public Lands Information Center at (505)954-2002.

   About the Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA)

The Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) is a nonprofit agency based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We partner with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico and Arizona to operate bookstores and campgrounds on public land sites, facilitate educational programs revolving around public lands, and provide high-quality interpretive information.

While we mainly work on-site in the Southwest, our online store offers many books on recreation, and physical BLM and Forest Service maps for the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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LAND STATUS: We are working diligently to update, modernize, and bring the land status layers into the new map. If you found this a valuable resource in the past and would like to support our efforts in making it available again, please consider purchasing a land status map for your area of interest.
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