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Stephanie Smith

maps - cartography

  • Stephanie Smith
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Stephanie Smith


Using art and science, we design maps that illustrate physical characteristics, cultural values, proposals and conservation actions, and vulnerabilities across the Colorado Plateau. Our work reaches a broad audience including policy-makers, constituencies, government agencies, and our members.

maps - how we use

  • Blake McCord
  • Blake McCord

How we use maps

Of course maps help us get from point A to point B. But maps do more than help us find our field sites. At the Trust, we use them to:


Maps that Inspire


Interactive Storytelling

Our award-winning interactive web maps provide a front row seat to conservation issues, threats, and accomplishments across the Colorado Plateau. Through dynamic maps, 3D displays, videos, and photography, you can take a digital journey across the Colorado Plateau.


Explore some of our interactive maps:


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Maps to get you on the trail 

Plan your next hike! Find routes, topo maps, directions, elevation profiles, and more on the Colorado Plateau Explorer ›

Map of the Month


Want to backpack in the Grand Canyon? Check out our newest map of backcountry routes.

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A glimpse into mapping the slashed boundaries of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears national monuments.

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Turns out protecting Grand Canyon springs for animals like bobcats, hawks, and bighorn sheep, requires some heavy lifting.

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maps - quote

In 1872, a surveyor named Almon Thompson explored the high desert plateaus of south-central Utah, mapping a tributary of the Colorado called Potato Creek, which he renamed the Escalante River, and a thirty-mile mountain range now called the Henry Mountains. Thompson didn't know it, but his discoveries would be the last river and the last mountain range ever added to the map of the contiguous United States.

—Ken Jennings, Maphead

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