Maps Overview

Maps & Brochures

Maps of the Payette National Forest, the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, and other selected National Forest maps in Idaho may be purchased in person at the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, and McCall Ranger District Offices. Please contact us for more information.

You may purchase maps by mail from the Interagency Visitor Center (USDA Forest Service/USDI Bureau of Land Management) in Boise, Idaho. Please see attached order form for more information.


MOTOR VEHICLE USE MAPS (MVUM) Commonly referred as "Travel Maps"
Motor Vehicle Use Maps are free to the public and highlight the routes on the Forest where motor vehicles are allowed to travel.  Be sure to have and use these maps in order to stay out areas on the Forest where motorized vehicles are not allowed. As the major roads through the Forest were not distinguished from minor roads, it may be helpful to use MVUM maps in conjunction with Forest Visitor Maps. MVUM maps can be picked-up at all of our Forest Service offices, or can be download from this website by clicking the links below.  It is prohibited to possess or operate a motor vehicle on NFS lands on the Payette National Forest other than in accordance with the designations displayed on the MVUM (36 CFR 261.13).  This prohibition applies regardless of the presence or absence of signs.  Violations of 36 CFR 261.13 are subject to a fine of up to $5,000. or imprisonment for up to 6 months or both (18.U.S.C.3571e).

Payette 2021 Summer MVUM  - West Side     East Side

Payette Winter Travel Map - click this link.

For more information on Travel Management Planning, please click this link.


2021 FUELWOOD MAP Please click the link to view the 2021 Fuelwood map that shows important information regarding the cutting of fuelwood. 


National Forest Visitor Maps provide information on recreational uses, trails, roads, streams, lakes, visitor centers, facilities available, campgrounds and picnic areas. The map also displays color photographs of points of interest and activities. Each map covers all or part of one national forest, and the scale is generally 1/2 inch per mile (1:126,720). These maps do not show topography of the land (i.e., the natural features such as mountains, valleys, and plains illustrated through contour lines on the map).


National Forest Wilderness Maps are topographic maps, which show natural features, such as mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers, and vegetation. This is done through contour lines depicting elevation gain or loss. This way you will have a sense about how steep that mountain is that you'll be climbing this weekend! Each map covers all or part of one wilderness area and the scale is generally 1 inch per mile (1:63,360).


"Topographic Maps" provide the greatest level of detail and only cover small portions of a forest. These maps are available to purchase from the US Geological Survey, many individual forests, and many retail outlets. To view these maps online go to the USGS National Geological Map Database. You will be offered a variety of links where you can view maps online.

The most comprehensive source for maps is the US Geological Survey.