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for want of a good map

After getting a little "northed" one morning in one of our favorite haunts, we set out to make a decent map of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area that includes both BLM trails and topo data. We thought the result might be handy for other folks as well.

This is a free 4 page series of home printable maps in PDF format. It was produced using USGS topo data retrieved using the excellent donation-ware USAphotomaps overlaid with the BLM trail map of the badlands and edited in Photoshop and Word. Page 1 is the overview map, Page 2 covers the Reynolds Pond area in greater detail, page 3 covers the Obernolte / Chitwood area in greater detail, and page 4 covers the southern area in greater detail. You can print all 4 pages out at home using double sided printing on National Geographic waterproof “Adventure Paper” and end up with a very usable map of the wilderness area on two 8.5x11 sheets. Enjoy, and don't forget the multi decade effort of the Oregon Natural Desert Association in protecting this unique area.

Click for printable 4 page PDF

Edward Curtis Canyon De Chelly
When humans first set foot in a new continent, they came in small groups under their own power, bringing only the gear they needed. Most simply called themselves The People. Over time, those who chose the rougher freer life of the up country came to think of themselves as the Hill People.
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