24K Topographic Maps


Garmin GPS Receivers


Above the Timber

Why GPS Maps

Above the Timber's high resolution topographic maps coupled with a Garmin mapping GPS receiver bring maps into the 21st Century. No longer do you have to locate physical landmarks and triangulate your position via map and compass, a tedious and error prone procedure. Your Garmin GPS does all that for you . . . instantly.

New Mexico Trails

The trails of New Mexico were significantly upgraded in the v2.0 maps. Where before the trails were numbered, most are now numbered and named.

Four Maps in One

Each Above the Timber map is actually four separate maps, unlike paper maps or most electronic maps. Even some Garmin compatible maps lack this feature. This 4-in-1 construction is a huge advantage on a small screen handheld GPS, but even on your PC monitor you will appreciate this feature.

New Mexico Roads

The New Mexico roads include Interstate to 4WD. Federal and state highways are shown in distinct colors and with unique shields for quick identification. All city streets are included, while not routable, the road features greatly aid navigation. Roads are based on the US Census Bureaus TIGER 2009 data.

Forest Service Roads

The most significant addition to the New Mexico v2.0 maps is the merging of the Forest Service roads with the base TIGER roads. This added over 20,000 miles of secondary/tertiary roads to the National Forest.

New Mexico Hydro Data

The High Resolution Water Data is what makes the New Mexico maps stand out. Most vector maps only have named water features, named lakes and streams.

New Mexico Public Lands

Public lands are shown at 24,000:1 or better resolution if the data was publicly available. Included are National Forest, National Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Wilderness Areas, Indian Reservations, National Wildlife Areas, Military, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Energy, State Lands, and State Parks.

New Mexico Wilderness

New Mexico has over 80 Wilderness, Wilderness Study, Primitive and Wild & Scenic River Areas from National Forest, National Parks and BLM. All provide a non-motorized experience and share Above the Timber's unique light buff area color for quick identification and high contrast object viewing. Simply hover over the base map in the portion of New Mexico of interest to quickly find a wilderness to explore.

Game Management Units

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, Game Management Unit borders are included. See your exact position relative to a GMU border in the field, then use your GPS to measure how far away the border is from your current position.

New Mexico Land Grants

Going back to when Mexico controlled the state, large blocks of land were given? to groups and individuals. There are over 100 of these land grants, some as large as 1.7-million acres, each share a unique land grant color, all are named and dated. Because some of these lands have reverted to public domain, land grants are below public land polygons and not always visible.


While great effort was expended in data collection and presentation, Above the Timber assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of these maps. Therefore, the user/purchaser assumes all responsibility for any errors in these maps.

New Mexico Counties

Starting with version 2.0, New Mexico Counties are visible as a base area. Simply touch any private land (white) area with the cursor and the county name will appear.

Geographic Points of Interest

New Mexico  has over 30,000 points of interest showing summits, mines, cemeteries, arches, pillars, basins, springs, flats, ridges, cliffs, waterfalls, communication towers, passes and on and on. All points come from the USGS and appear to be based on 100K or 250K data, hence will often not align perfectly with contours.

Forty-Foot Contour Intervals

Elevation contours on Above the Timber's Topos are at 40-foot intervals, the same as standard 7.5-minute USGS Quad maps. Because of the multi-layered nature of the maps, as you zoom out, contours will automatically reduce to 200 foot intervals to avoid contour clutter.

Continental Divide

The Continental Divide runs over five-hundred miles as it meanders through western New Mexico. A unique high precision line follows this meander.

Philmont Scout Ranch

The Philmont Scout Ranch on the version 2.0 New Mexico maps is identical to the stand alone Philmont map.

Border to Border Coverage

The New Mexico maps cover the entire state at the 24,000:1 map scale. That's equivalent to having a single seamless paper map 840 x 990 inches or 70 x 82 feet. 

Map-GPS Compatibility

Will Above the Timber's GPS Topo maps work on my Garmin GPS receiver? Almost for certain YES, see the attached samples.

Custom Map Colors

Customize the color palette of the New Mexico maps. Simply substitute one small file in the map folder to make the change.

Free Demo Map

Download a free demo GPS map of New Mexico so you can see a portion of the actual maps cut from the New Mexico master maps. 

New Mexico Change History

Current version 2.0, April 2012

All of the changes to the New Mexico GPS Topo maps since they were introduced in June, 2010.

New Mexico Map Cost

The cost of the New Mexico GPS map set is $59.95 either by download or DVD-ROM.