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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.

Topographic Maps for the Nation

US Topo maps are produced by the National Geospatial Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). First launched in 2009, US Topos combine the familiar look and feel of legacy paper USGS topographic maps with technological advances of the 21st century.

US Topo map data is derived from the geographic information system (GIS) data of The National Map and is continuously updated via National, state, local, and commercial partnerships. Current and historic USGS topographic maps are available for immediate download from The National Map Downloader. Please note that not all features on historical maps appear on US Topos.

Graphic showing the 3-year cycle of US Topo map production.
The three-year production cycle of the US Topo program. Please visit The National Map Viewer with the US Topo Availability service enabled to view exact publish dates and access the latest US Topos.
 
Characteristics Common to US Topo and Traditional USGS Topographic Maps
  • Same extents as the popular 7.5-minute, 1:24,000-scale* quadrangle maps released 1947 - 2006  *scale varies in Alaska & Puerto Rico
  • Standardized layout of map collar and traditional reference system (latitude/longitude & U.S. National Grid)
  • Portrays both natural and human-made features within the themes of elevation, hydrography, place names, transportation, boundaries, structures, & land cover
 
Unique Characteristics of US Topo Maps

Content & Currency

  • Consistent and complete coverage of the Nation, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alaska (completed 2021)
  • 3-year production cycle for the 48 conterminous states, Hawaii, & Puerto Rico (Alaska US Topo refresh driven by elevation and hydrography data updates)
  • Shaded relief (derived from 3DEP elevation data where available) and high-resolution color imagery
  • All maps are georeferenced to the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) or to the World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84) and projected to the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection and coordinate system.
  • Continuous enrichment of map content and cartography
Graphic showing current status of US Topo map production.
The most up-to-date status of US Topo map production for the current year. Please visit The National Map Viewer with the US Topo Availability service enabled to view exact publish dates and access the latest US Topos.

Usability & Accessibility

  • Published as digital documents, enabling faster, wider distribution of products via free & immediate downloads
  • Viewable and printable using Adobe Reader or other free PDF applications
  • Geospatial PDF format enables basic GIS functionality, such as displaying coordinates, distance or area measurement, and georeferenced mark-up 
  • Layered PDF allows users to turn each data layer on or off to support a variety of map views and purposes
  • Accompanied by a symbol sheet and FGDC-compliant metadata
Image of a 2022 US Topo map of the Morrison, Colorado quadrangle
US Topo map of the Morrison, Colorado quadrangle released in 2022 showing standard US Topo layers.

Additional Resources

Download US Topo Data From The National Map

Download US Topo Data From The National Map

Access US Topo-style Template

Access US Topo-style Template

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past

TNM Web Map Services

TNM Web Map Services

National Geospatial Program Training Videos

National Geospatial Program Training Videos

Create custom topographic maps using topoBuilder

Create custom topographic maps using topoBuilder

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