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Topographic Maps

Topographic maps became a signature product of the USGS because the public found them - then and now - to be a critical and versatile tool for viewing the nation's vast landscape.

A Brief Overview of USGS Topographic Maps

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USGS topographic maps fall into three primary product categories:

1. The Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) is the set of scanned images of USGS topographic quadrangle maps originally published as paper documents in the period 1884-2006. Visit Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past for more information.

2. US Topo is the current USGS topographic map series for the Nation. These are modeled on the legacy 7.5-minute maps, but are mass-produced from GIS databases of The National Map and published as digital documents. Please visit US Topo: Maps for America for full details.

3. OnDemand Topos are USGS-style topographic maps created using the topoBuilder application. These maps are generated upon request using the best available data from The National Map and offer customizations such as area of interest and level of contour smoothness. Learn more at the topoBuilder landing page.

 

Explore All Options for Downloading or Ordering USGS Topographic Maps

Explore All Options for Downloading or Ordering USGS Topographic Maps

Topographic Map FAQs

Topographic Map FAQs

Additional Resources

topoBuilder

The newest USGS topo map web app gives the public the opportunity to create custom topographic maps on demand. The online application is called topoBuilder and the output maps are known as OnDemand Topos.

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topoBuilder

The newest USGS topo map web app gives the public the opportunity to create custom topographic maps on demand. The online application is called topoBuilder and the output maps are known as OnDemand Topos.

Learn More

US Topo: Maps for America

Building on the success of more than 130 years of USGS topographic mapping, the US Topo series is the current generation of maps of the American landscape.

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US Topo: Maps for America

Building on the success of more than 130 years of USGS topographic mapping, the US Topo series is the current generation of maps of the American landscape.

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Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past

The goal of The National Map’s Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) is to provide a digital repository of USGS 1:250,000 scale and larger maps printed between 1884 and 2006.

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Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past

The goal of The National Map’s Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) is to provide a digital repository of USGS 1:250,000 scale and larger maps printed between 1884 and 2006.

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