Maps & Publications

The Carson National Forest offer multiple map and brochure products, most of which can be found at our offices, and many of which are available here digitally.

Click on a heading below to find out more about these products.

Maps & Passes

In Person, Phone, Email

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Additional Maps

Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the official map for designating all roads and trails available for public motorized travel on the Carson National Forest.  Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel. View MVU Maps. 

Trail Maps


The maps are being posted to the USGS Store for download in GeoPDF format.  A substantial number of maps are currently available and more are on the way.  Anyone involved in monitoring or assessing change over time will find these maps a valuable resource.  This effort is a companion to the USGS US Topo Program. 

Note: Forest Service Single Edition maps produced in cooperation with the USGS from 1994-2007 are being included. 

Following are links to more information…

GIS Data

We provide a library of GIS (geographic information system) data sets and associated tabular information. Base layers including roads, trails, ownership, and recreation sites are among the products that we offer.

GIS Data Sources 

FSGeodata Clearinghouse

The USDA Forest Service Geodata Clearinghouse is an online collection of digital data related to forest resources. Through the Clearinghouse you can find datasets related to forests and grasslands, including boundaries and ownership, natural resources, roads and trails, as well as datasets related to State and private forested areas, including insect and disease threat and surface water importance. You can also find downloadable map products, raster data, and links to other sources of forest resource information.

Forest Service Enterprise Data - use the interactive ArcGIS Online Data Extract Tool to access and download data available on the EDW (Enterprise Data Warehouse).

Pocket Guides

These documents are very large, please allow extra time to download.

Other Publications

Carson National Forest Publications

Forest Product Publications

Recreation and Wilderness Publications

Other Publications



The USGS is making available its vast, nation-wide collection of 'historic' topographic maps--over 200,000 individual map sheets.

GIS Datasets

Selected GIS data that encompass the Carson National Forests are available for download.