Avenza Map App

Many government land managers have made many of their maps available to be used on mobile devices in order to reduce the need for printing. These maps are not just PDF versions. Many have additional capabilities to make them usable in the field. They do NOT require cell service as they use the satellite capabilities built into most mobile devices.

Here's how it works:

Avenza Maps QR code image 1. Go to https://www.avenzamaps.com/ (link opens in a new window) or scan the QR code (right).

2. If you do not have the free Avenza Maps app, scroll down and click/tap on either the App store button
(Apple app store button image) or the Google play button (Google play button image)

3. Once you have downloaded and installed/activated the app, return to https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and again scroll down and click/tap on VISIT THE MAP STORE.

4. On the right you will see a map based upon your location with rectangles representing maps you can download with a list of these maps on the left side.

5. Use filters to narrow down your search results by following the steps below:

a. Click/tap on FIND MAPS NEAR. Start typing the name of the National Forest you want maps from, i.e., Colville National or Idaho Panhandle. The name should automatically be filled in.
You may have to click/tap on the name in the dropdown list below where you typed the name.
A list of the available downloads for the forest will appear.

b. To further narrow down the number of maps, click/tap on FILTERS:

(1) Click/tap on Any vendor and start typing the name of the vendor:

(a) For Idaho Panhandle National Forest maps, type US Forest Service R1 and you should see "US Forest Service R1" (that's Idaho!).

(b) For Colville National Forest maps, start typing US Forest and you should see "US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region (WA/OR)  (that's where the Colville is located - in the PNW region!).

(2) The page should refresh showing available maps. You may have to click/tap on the "x" to the right of "Filter results by vendor" to see the complete name of each map.

(a) As you hover over the name of the map on the left side of the screen, a shaded area on the map on the right side of the screen will show you the area coverage of the map.

(b) You can also hover over any of the rectangles on the map and it will show - on the left side - the name of the map that covers the area shaded by the rectangle.

c. To download a map, you must click/tap on the button in the lower right corner of the map's description box. Clicking/tapping on this button will place the map in your cart:

(a) If the button is marked "Free" you will not be charged for the download.
(b) If there is a price where the free button would normally be, then you will be required to pay for the map before downloading it.

d. If you would like to preview the map before sending it to your cart, click/tap anywhere in the map's description area. A window will open allowing you to preview the map. From this window you can place the map in your cart by clicking/tapping on the "Get this Map" button (Avenza Maps Get this map button image) or close the window by clicking/tapping on "close" on the bottom of the window. Clicking on "close" will "not" place the map in your cart!

e. If you place the map in your cart, you should see a confirmation box that the map you just selected is now in your cart.

(1) If you want to download more maps, click/tap on Continue Shopping. This will take you back to the map selection page.

(2) When you are done selecting maps and have added them to your cart, click/tap on "Go to shopping cart" button
(Avenza Maps Go to shopping cart button image).

6. Once you are in the shopping cart, review your downloads. If you want to delete any downloads, click/tap on the trash can icon to the right of "Free" or a price.

7. Now you are ready to checkout and download your maps. Click/tap on the "Checkout" button (Avenza Maps Checkout button image).

8. If you already have an account on Avenza Maps, log in. If not, you will need to create a free account.

9. Once you have logged in, you will see the list of maps you have chosen to download.

10. If you have selected any maps that are NOT free, there will be a price listed. You will need to purchase these maps prior to downloading.

With the app and maps installed on your mobile device, you will be able to:
• View your location on the PDF maps using the built-in GPS device
• Measure distances and areas
• Record GPS tracks
• Plot waypoints
• Plot Geo-Tagged photos
• View maps offline (no cell phone data connection is needed after downloading the map)

Page last updated: January 8, 2022