Benchmark on the Lewis & Clark Trail in March

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There are few greater fantasies in outdoor recreation than reliving the Lewis & Clark Trail. It spans the breadth of the United States and becomes more awe-inspiring the further west you go. This month Benchmark Maps will visit two highlights along the trail, Portland and Missoula.  Please stop by our booths to discuss the latest in Benchmark products for the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

March 10-14 in Portland, Oregon:

Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) Convention & Trade Show

March 23-24 in Missoula, Montana:

Great Rockies Sports Show

Here are two recreation highlights along the Lewis & Clark Trail:


Montana Road & Recreation Atlas – Recreation Page 21, Landscape Maps Pages 55-56

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is offers year-round access to waterfalls, volcanic cliffs, lush forests and grasslands. Multnomah Falls is must see for anyone visiting this beautiful divide between Oregon and Washington.

Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas – Recreation Pages 14-15, Landscape Maps Pages 37-38

Have you visited Fort Peck or Columbia River Gorge? Post your stories and photos in our comments section below.

BONUS: View the latest from Montana photographers at

Women’s Bike Essentials

My grandmother tells me the single most important thing you can have on a short ride or a weeklong tour is this:  A bright neon yellow windbreaker. Everything else is second to being effectively protected from everything that comes at you on your ride with the visibility, breathability, and sun or rain protection afforded by this one item.

Here is our full rundown:

1. Windbreaker – Pearl Izumi Barrier Convertible Bike Jacket

2. Deep Cooling Bike Helmet – Giro Atmos

Easily adjusted on the move, stays where you put it, enough material to keep your head safe, plenty of vents to keep your head cool, this is a win all around!

3. Bike Jersey – 83 Sportswear, Inc. “Love in Paris”

Really, I haven’t had a jersey I didn’t like. Get it for the pocket and be sure the stitching is tight and you’re good to go.

4. Bike Tights – Novara Mezzo Capri

Just don’t wear yoga pants. They don’t stay rolled up. A comfortable pair of bike tights or shorts can make a big difference in your overall quality of experience. Try a few on to get the fit you like.

5. Shoes – Giro Sante Bike Shoes

For the most part, if you’re riding on a trail, you just need comfortable shoes with good support and socks. For street riders or racers – get something that gives you a little more support and clicks in nicely. As with shorts or tights:  try several styles on to get the right fit.

6. Hydration – Camelbak

Don’t go for a ride without properly hydrating before, during, and after your adventure. Camelbak makes this easy, so no excuses. Stay hydrated!


7. Trail Map – Benchmark Atlas Map App for iPhone and iPad


Knowing where you are going is half the battle! Try our Map App with Recreation Guide for California, Oregon, and New Mexico.


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New Products: New Mexico Atlas, Folded Map, Digital Atlas App

Santa Barbara, CA May 15, 2012 – To celebrate New Mexico’s centennial year, Benchmark Maps has released a trio of new map products for the Land of Enchantment.  Their atlas, folded map, and mobile app offerings for the outdoor enthusiast mark a truly unique achievement in mapping quality and diversity. This comprehensive trio of recreation mapping tools gives New Mexico a level of attention that no state in the American West has yet enjoyed.


New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas (7th edition)

The acclaimed New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas has received content updates through Benchmark’s unique field-checking process.  By driving the roads and surveying recreation opportunities, their team ensures that the most accurate New Mexico road map and points of interest are shown.  Benchmark’s first title in 1996 was the 1st edition New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas, which makes this the longest-running of their 27 titles available at


The intuitive layout of the New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas begins with a set of highway maps of the United States, the Mountain West, and New Mexico.  Its 19-page Recreation Guide provides regional public land maps with outdoor recreation attractions that include hunting and fishing, boating and rafting, river access points, natural wonders, New Mexico historic sites, hiking trailheads, campsites, RV parks, and monthly averages for temperature and precipitation.  The Recreation Guide is followed by 57 pages of Landscape Maps™ that depict the natural beauty of New Mexico’s landforms along with the most accurate road detail ever published for the state.


The New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas also connects to Benchmark’s online resources and community.  For the first time, an atlas user can access Benchmark’s New Mexico points of interest with their mobile device.  Scan a QR code in the atlas with a smartphone, and it will unlock content on made specifically for atlas users in the field.  These online links allow access to quickly dial phone numbers or view websites for New Mexico parks and recreation information. While looking at a Benchmark New Mexico atlas or map, a user’s smartphone can connect digitally to New Mexico information. Near the useful index section in the back of the book, new pages allow one to make record of their adventures, create a wish list, and even scan a code to share their favorite locations or anecdotes with Benchmark’s social community.


New Mexico Recreation Map (1st edition)

The New Mexico Recreation Map (1st edition) is the newest in a successful line of Benchmark folded maps, the content for which is derived from the Recreation section of their atlases.  Benchmark uses high-quality paper and superior printing techniques, to match production quality with that of their cartography and recreation content.  For hiking, camping, and general travel, you cannot find a better folded map of New Mexico.


New Mexico Atlas app for iPhone & iPad (v1.0)

For iPhone and iPad users, Benchmark Maps has developed the New Mexico Atlas mobile app.  The second in Benchmark’s new series of digital products (the California Atlas was first), the New Mexico Atlas app contains all the quality maps and field-checked content of the New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas with the added functionality you expect in a great travel app. A geo-reference indicator notes your location.

With ease you can zoom between their map layers of land ownership and landscape detail.  Turn on and off external layers such as USGS contour or “topo” lines, NEXRAD weather radar, or street detail with OpenStreetMap.  Drop pins for waypoints and add notes to your journey, with GPS coordinates of course.  Perhaps the best feature is being able to save favorite map sections and download what you like for offline use.


About Benchmark’s field-checking:

Since 1995, Benchmark Maps has been field-checking the American West.  Benchmark field teams spent three weeks in New Mexico in early 2012, checking new highways and back road conditions. They confirmed edits received from discriminating map users, who also happen to be Benchmark’s most loyal customers and friends.  Field-checker Ryan Lewelling describes the accuracy gained by Benchmark’s field efforts: “If there’s a trailhead, we’ve been there.  If there’s a gate, we’ve crossed it.  If there’s a campground, it’s in the right spot.  We spend the extra time making sure each location is accurate so users won’t have to second guess like they do with other commonly used maps today.”  He notes that New Mexico has always been “an extremely friendly state that is welcoming to all, and boasts some of the oldest history in the United States.  Folks in recreation & land management do their job well to help people enjoy the lands.  Everywhere you look, New Mexico has recreation opportunities.”  Benchmark’s goal is to convey this enthusiasm to the reader, through details that reveal the state’s personality and by providing, in Lewelling’s words, “the best atlas and map products for every corner of New Mexico.”


Whether planning a day trip or an extended adventure across the state, Benchmark Maps 2012 line of products for New Mexico are essential companions for exploring the Land of Enchantment.

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