Here's some of the resources used to plan Syncro Safari, Colorado '04.
Title: 4WD Trails: Southwest Colorado
Author: Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
Publisher: Swagman Publishing, Inc. www.4wdbooks.com
Type: Paperback with B&W photos
Includes: 31 trails with turn-by-turn directions to run the trail in either direction
Title: The Adventures of the Pass Patrol, Volume Three
4-Wheel Drive Roads & Ghost Towns of the San Juans
Item: Book (sort of "hobbyist" published with "copy shop" binding)
Author: Larry E. Heck
Publisher: Outback Publications Inc.
Copyright 1995, revised 1998
Type: Paperback with B&W photos. A "homespun" publication from the Pass Patrol 4x4 Club. Very interesting guide with amusing stories, sketches, and even a few advertisements. Good route directions. Definitely written by someone intimate to the area.
Includes: 25 trails with basic trail information
Title: The Complete Colorado Campground Guide
Editor: Jack O. Olofson
Publisher: Outdoor Books & Maps
Copyright 1992, revised 2001
Type: Paperback guide with maps
Includes: Mostly government campground, no photos, far from complete despite what the title says. Has not been of any help for this event.
Title: Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway Pocket Guide to the San Juan Mountains 4x4 Scenic Route
Author: Brian & Kitty Benzar
Publisher: Backcountry Travelers, Inc.
Type: Tiny shirt pocket paperback, no photos, but a really cool little guide
Includes: About 4 trails contained in the region between Silverton, Ouray, and Lake City
Title: Colorado Campgrounds, The 100 Best and All the Rest
Author: Gil Folsom
Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers
Type: Paperback with great color photos
Includes: Gobs of campgrounds divided by region, great color photos, good information, quite complete.
Title: The Timberline Craftsman's Lake City Area SPORTSMAN"S MAP
Publisher: The Timberline Craftsman, Lake City, CO
Copyright 1988, revised 1995
Pages: 1, single sided map, about 36" x 40"
Type: Printed on "plastic paper" for great durability, about 5 colors
Includes: Area including Montrose, Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory, Lake City & Creede. A pretty cool large scale map.
Title: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer
Item: Atlas & Guide
Copyright 2000 (5th Edition)
Type: Large format atlas. 91 pages cover the entire state
Includes: Index of place names, list of about 150 campgrounds, Info on National Forests / Parks / Recreation Areas, Info on BLM Lands, Info on State Parks / Recreation Areas, unique Natural Features, Ski Areas, Peaks over 14,000 ft (14ers), paved Mountain Passes, Scenic Drives, Biking info, River Trips, Hiking info, Fishing & Stream info, and Hunting info. While this is a great atlas for covering the entire state, it’s not detailed enough to be real help about any particular 4x4 trail.
Title: Street Atlas USA 2004
Item: PC Mapping Software
Type: Interactive mapping software covering the entire USA.
Includes: GPS connection and capable routing functionality. Includes every trail we used on this trip and more. I’ve used the Delorme Street Atlas USA product since about version 3 in 1997, and they keep making it better.
Title: Street Atlas USA 2004 Handheld
Item: PDA Mapping Software
Type: Interactive mapping software that runs on a Palm handheld.
Download selected maps from Street Atlas USA on the PC to the Palm version. Works with GPS to show current location, direction, elevation, etc on colored PDA maps.
Cool software, especially working with a Palm compatible GPS to let you know right where you are. Can’t exactly replace a good paper map though. Of course a paper map can’t let you know where you are or which direction you’re headed.