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Compassimage.gifWelcome to our Paiute ATV Trail GPS information area.

The Piute ATV Trail is really BIG!  So it helps if you can Navigate. That's a fancy way to say "Don't get lost"

Believe it or not many people get lost, or at least they spend a lot of time getting un-lost which can be frustrating and can basically ruin a great day of riding.  At a minimum it makes for a stressful ride that can drag on late in the day (or into the night) and might result in serious problems and many concerned people looking for you.

Guess what, a few basic precautions can really help.  A GPS is a great tool.  It should not be the only tool you use to navigate.  A compass and a GOOD map are essential.  Maps come in lots of flavors, levels of detail and helpful annotations.  Think about how you will use the map and try to place yourself somewhere on the map to decide if  it the correct level of detail for you.  Too much detail can almost be as bad as too little detail.  Juggling a lot of topo quads can be such a pain you may not actually use them until you are lost, or worse yet you may not take them with you on a ride because of the bulk.

Here are a few other  things you should take on any ride.

If you have a GPS you can have a great time exploring and finding cool things on the trail, and just maybe you can get un-lost much more quickly.

GPS related information:    Venture.jpg

National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Paiute ATV Trail
This is a great overview of the trail detailing routes and side trail covering the entire Trail.

bullet Piute County, Sevier County, Wayne County, Garfield County and Beaver County waypoints sorted by name.
These are waypoints of hundreds (thousands) of locations such as Mountain Summits, Lakes, Towns, Streams etc.  These waypoint lists are sorted the name of the waypoint.
Piute County, Sevier County, Wayne County, Garfield County and Beaver County waypoints sorted by type..
This version is sorted by the type of waypoint.    
It can be helpful if you know you are looking for a stream but can't recall the name.
bullet Marysvale (50 Mile radius) Area waypoints
These waypoints are a little more concise and may be slightly different or overlap with the ones above.
bullet Utah State Concise waypoint listing , and Utah historic locations , Utah State historic waypoints by type

Since loading waypoints into a GPS manually can be tedious and potentially disastrous (sometimes you don't realize you programmed an "E" waypoint as a "W" waypoint until you are lost). We have assembled PAIUTE ATV Waypoints and
           FREE software for your PC to upload them to your GPS.

bulletDetailed Topographic Maps showing highlighted ride routes with estimated time and distances, a real help if you want to know if a ride will last longer than you will.   Interesting things to see along the way with GPS waypoints showing you the route.  Now this is information RICH.
bullet Geocaching.  This amounts to a high tech treasure hunt.
Look on the web at  geocaching icon
www.geocaching.com to see geocaches within 150 miles of Marysvale to get details on how it works, how to find and place your own Geocache.
Check out our geocache and information on geocaches on and around the trail.

GPS and Mapping related links:

bullet How Stuff Works - Description of how your GPS works.
bulletMaptools.com - GREAT site for learning about how to use Maps compass and a few basic tools.  Lots of great advice and a few inexpensive and free tools.
bulletSam Wormleys GPS site - WOW, everything you want to know about GPSs.  Need a waypoint?  A Map?  A Tutorial on how your GPS works?  Advice on which GPS to buy?  Want to know what the Russians use for GPS?
bulletJoe Mahaffey and Jack Yeazel's GPS web site .  - Everything you EVER
    wanted to know concerning GPS's. Go here.
bulletFree Topographic maps online.  Around Marysvale , across the World . Free is good, but these digital versions of traditional maps lack annotation and can be difficult to print and use effectively.  The net effect is you can be data rich and information poor.
bulletFree Map viewing software.  You'll need this if you download  free map data.


A word on buying a GPS:  In the authors humble opinion you do not need to spend a lot of money on a GPS.  GPS's are like VCRs.  Every little feature costs a few dollars more so the first thing to decide is how much $$$ you want to spend.  Many GPSs have mapping features.  This might work well but it should NEVER replace a quality map.  At best you are forced to view the map through a 2" window which makes detail impossible.  The type of maps you need along the Piute ATV trial are Topographic, which means lots of detail and since the trail covers such a large area and it is quite impossible to "scan" the map for nearby (or far way) items.  At worst you will be highly  dependent on the lifespan of the batteries in your GPS and may find yourself with neither map nor GPS.  The same goes for compass and altimeters. Use your GPS as a GPS, your compass as a compass and your altimeter as a doorstop.  So don't spend another $100 getting those functions in a GPS. Get a GPS that can store a few recorded tracks and routes.  Personally we like the Garmin Etrex Venture.  Stores plenty of waypoints and tracks.  Can track back, sort and categorize waypoints.  Best of all it is small, tough , accurate and easy to learn how to use.  The only reason we like it better than the Garmin Etrex is it can store multiple tracklogs and routes. Think twice about buying a used older model to save money.  Make sure it has 12 channels.  This technology has changes a LOT in the past few years so unless you can get one for $20, and expect to get $20 of use out of it, then pass.

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