Where can I find indexes of USGS topographic maps?

View map indices on these interactive maps (you must zoom in to see the index lines and map names):

  • Map Locator on the USGS Store - Click the icon on the left that looks like two pieces of paper and select “1:24,000”.
  • TopoView - Click on any of the round map scale indicators on the right side of the map. 
  • The National Map Viewer - Click on the Layer List icon at the top that looks like three sheets of paper and select "Map Indices". 

Order a paper topographic map index for any state (or download a free PDF):

Digital indexes for use in GIS:

  • Download indexes in Shapefile and Geodatabase formats through The National Map Download Client. These are in a zip file and contain cell grids of 1x2 degree, 1x1 degree, 30x60 minute, 15x15 minute, 7.5x7.5 minute (Quads), and 3.75x3.75 minute (Quarter Quad). These are indexes of standard cells, not published maps. 
  • For maps in the US Topo and Historical Topographic Map collections, click here for a database dump in CSV format. This file can be joined to the cell index above to create spatial indexes of published topographic maps. This file is updated nightly; about 75 US Topo maps are added each work day. 
  • For Web programmers, a more powerful way to get product information is through the ScienceBase API.

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How do I find, download, or order topographic maps?

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How are U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps named?

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Do you offer teacher discounts for your maps and other cost products?

Yes. Educational institutions qualify for discounts on purchases made through the online USGS Store . To receive any discounts you must first be set up in their system. Please fax your request on school letterhead (or on a purchase order) to 303-202-4693 and include your Federal Tax ID number ( not to be confused with your Federal Tax Exempt...

How do I get a full-scale plot of a 1:24,000-scale (7.5-minute) topographic map?

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How current are US Topo maps?

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Are USGS topographic maps copyrighted?

All topographic maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are in the public domain and are not copyrighted except for the following three cases that apply only to US Topo maps (produced 2009-present): Most maps in the period 2010-2016 contain commercially licensed road data (see note below). Orthoimages in Alaska are commercially licensed...

Can I still get the older topographic maps?

Yes. Topographic maps originally published as paper documents between 1884-2006 have been scanned and published as the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection . Download our historical topographic maps and our more current US Top o maps (published 2009-present) free of charge using TopoView (GeoPDF, GeoTIFF, JPEG, and KMZ formats) or using the...

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Lesson 9a: Accessing US Topo and Historical USGS Topographic Maps

In this lesson, we will discuss the USGS Store and how it can be used to access the US Topo and historical USGS Topographic maps. Specifically, this lesson will talk about the USGS Store, both where it’s accessed and what’s available at the store, as well as how you can locate and download free topographic maps through the store. 
 

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TopoView - A look at version 2.1

A tutorial by USGS scientist and topoView developer Chris Garrity demonstrating how to use topoView version 2.1. TopoView let's you access and download maps free of charge from the USGS's Historical Topographic Map Collection, published between 1884 and 2006. 

Resources:
An Introduction to TopoView (version 1.0)

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1951 USGS legacy topographic map of the Monson West, ME

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US Topo

US Topo is the next generation of topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Arranged in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format, digital US Topo maps are designed to look and feel (and perform) like the traditional paper topographic maps for which the USGS is so well known. In contrast to paper-based maps, US Topo maps provide modern technical advantages

Thumbnail of a topographic map with a grid of individual indexes and their names.

A portion of the topographic map index for the state of Arizona

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