Master Map


I continue to compile all of my personal data into one Master Map. I’m working with the Google Maps API and though it’s not perfect, it seems good enough to share my progress with you. Here’s what the Master Map has to offer:

By default the map loads showing southern Utah with the Suggested Route and the Route Highlights. This is just the general overview and one can access much more detail by zooming in and turning on more layers. Here are the current options:

Side Panel Layers — the floating panel on the right provides check-boxes to toggle on/off various layers of content. The categories include:

Suggested Route — this is the primary route I suggest for a cross-state adventure.
Route Highlights — the primary, big-picture highlights of the route.
Points of Interest — placemarks for arches, canyons, viewpoints, towns and other notable spots.
Water Resources — important water sources I’ve encountered on my treks. Icons indicate reliability.
Obstacles — important points in terms of climbing/scrambling or navigation/private land concerns.
Camps — some notable camp spots including NPS zones/sites near the route.
My Hikes — precise routes for each of my major hikes across portions of southern Utah.

Note that almost all of the placemark icons are clickable and provide a pop-up with more information. Many include a photo of the location and some even include a link for even more detailed information on my site.

Side Panel Links — the side panel also includes links to Hide All Layers and to get back to this page.

Google Controls — lastly, as with all Google Maps, one can zoom/pan with the mouse or via on-screen controls as well as switch between Map View (with terrain) or Satellite View via the toggle in the top right.

NOTE: as you turn layers on/off, the most recent layer is displayed on top. So, if you find placemarks of interest getting partially hidden by other layers, just turn that layer off and then back on.

Enjoy — and please feel free to leave comments/questions below or email me at Jamal at

Open the Across Utah! Master Map.


  1. Great video series and map Jamal.
    By any chance do you happen to have a GPX or GeoJSON file (waypoints are ok too) of your suggested route, 2018 trip or 2015 trip?
    I use to plan my hikes and would like to do the hayduke trail with some of your alternates. One of them is skipping the hike to the Grand Canyon and shoot straight.
    Your three trips have a different route to do this.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Thanks, Carlos. I’m in the process of updating my Master Map which will include new content as well better navigation (I hope.) It still will NOT include shareable tracks/points though; I want to keep my site primarily as a research tool and not a download center that makes things TOO easy (and can lead to trouble.) That said… email me and I’ll likely be able to help you out with some custom beta. 🙂

  2. You Rock! Thanks for an awesome site. Have been exploring Utah for years and this is super helpful.

  3. Really appreciate your notes. Can you tell me if Coyote Gulch would be an appropriate or doable hike with younger teenagers for a short day trip? Thank you.

  4. I have been waiting since 2012 for you Jamal ha, you are a godsend my friend. Thank You So Much!!!!

  5. Great map Jamal! Is there a way to download certain tracks to GPX or KML?

    • Sorry — I missed this question originally. Unfortunately there’s not an easy way to download directly at this time. But… I have everything in KML so feel free to email me and I can help you out with any section that interests you.

  6. Ah – never mind I see it now. I was navigating from my I-phone and I guess it didn’t have the wherewithal to pull up the commentary. Now on a desk top and I see it. Nevermind.

  7. Really nice job on the interactive map. You’re running a first class site – everything you do seems to be above and beyond.

    One question regarding a specific spot on the map – what exactly IS the water source on the road between Silver Falls and Choprock canyon?

    • Thanks! I see you answered your own question, but… I will elaborate for all: one can click on most of the icons on the map to get a pop-up with more detail and sometimes photos of a specific location. This one in particular is a waterworks systems where ranchers have piped a spring to multiple capture tanks. Like many sources it could possibly be dry at times, but it’s always had water the many times I’ve passed by this spot.

  8. Browsing YouTube I happened across your work for the first time. Im very impressed, I watched your Zion to Capitol Reef hike across Utah. Thank you for all the hard work you put into that video. I like your style, the occasional snapshot sets are terrific. Even stopping to try to save a simple mouse in distress was great. I live in Las Vegas,NV and frequent Zion NP every spring and fall. Utah is America’s greatest natural secret. Ive been to all corners of the state by vehicle, and day hikes. You work brought out just what always knew, and that is… there must be so much more. Thanks again. Steve D.

  9. This Map is awesome! What program did you use to create it?

    • Thanks! It’s my own custom code based on the Google Maps API. I also use Google Earth to prep the content. BTW — look for updated data coming soon based on my last few hikes.

  10. Yes really nice map and the links to pictures works superbly. enjoyed exploring it all- well done!

  11. Amazing! I love the new maps and I love, love, love the water resources. Thanks! – from the adventuring community.

  12. Wow. I like! you probably already have learned but Google Maps is a POA and the new version is even worse. A very, very nice resource for us Jammer. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Art. Yes — still desperately trying to find a mapping solution that does everything I want. I think I’m getting close on a few different fronts.