Are you an industry pro? We've got a deal for you!

Pro Deals

Are you an Outdoor Professional, working in the hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, winter sports, or conservation industry? As a special thank you for helping improve and to promote OffTheGridMaps, we offer outdoor industry professional up to 40% discount on published digital maps in our map store.

We'd love to have you be part of our team!  We're looking for pro's who will help:

  • Promote our products to a wider audience
  • Suggest new and under-served areas that could use highly detailed maps
  • Improve the quality of our maps by reviewing and recommending changes

Just contact us or send an email with your name, email address, and place of business and we'll set you up with a special Coupon Code that you can use at the time of checkout.  We look forward to working with you!

How did OffTheGridMaps get started?

Staff

OffTheGridMaps.com was started by Ryan Dalton, a professional cartographer living in Whitefish, MT.  He, his wife Jane, and their faithful puppy Driggs, spend most of their weekends outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, visiting hot springs, or Driggs' favorite, pheasant hunting.

Ryan graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Geography, and has been working professionally with spatial (GIS) data for over 20 years.  But it wasn't until he got his puppy, Driggs (an American Brittany, bred for "pointing" at upland game birds) that he started making hunting maps for personal use.  The first time Ryan went bird hunting (ever... in his life!), he realized he wanted a map that was easy-to-use, worked offline (no cell service), and GPS-enabled.  Most importantly, he wanted a map with more detail that was focused just on the area(s) he was going hunting.  That way he could not only see where he was, but also where he wanted to go next.

Fortunately, Montana has a great history of sharing publicly available geographic (GIS) data.  Being familiar with many of the sources of data throughout the state, Ryan set off on a quest to locate the best available sources of upland bird hunting map data.  After compiling all of the map features into one system, it was time to start designing the map.

Ryan's goal was to keep as many of the recognizable features people expect to see on a map, but break some of the rules and only include the most relevant map features in order to make OffTheGridMaps clean, crisp, and highly readable.  When friends started asking for maps of areas they were traveling to next, Ryan realized there wasn't an easy way for people to get maps that were zoomed in to just the locations and showed and recreational activities that were important to them.  And so began OffTheGridMaps.com.

Ask OffTheGridMaps to design a custom map for your next outdoor adventure or special event.

Acknowledgements

OffTheGridMaps wouldn’t be a reality without a lot of support, and not just on a personal level.  While friends, family, and colleagues have played a vital role, free or inexpensive access to software and support are immensely valuable to a startup.  We’d like to acknowledge those people, data sources, and software that have helped us get where we are.

There’s too many to name, and if we started putting pen to paper, we’d probably miss someone.  So for those of you who have provided content and layout ideas, as well as business advice, just know we are incredibly grateful for your contributions!  We couldn’t have made it this far without your help!

Of course, none of this could be done without quality software.  And there is some great open-source software that is freely available to the public.  What are the key pieces of software we use?

Data Sources

One of the best things about the GIS and mapping industry is the availability of data, especially in the state of Montana.  Government agencies are generally the best source of spatial data, and Montana has a great culture of publicly sharing this data widely and freely.

In order to make the most comprehensive OffTheGridMaps possible, we incorporate data collected from dozens of public and private sources including Federal, State, and local governments and special interest groups.  Some of the key data sources we rely upon to keep our maps up-to-date include:

Errors and Omissions

While we make every effort to keep our maps accurate and free of errors, most of the information on our maps is derived from other sources.  Unfortunately, that means no warranty is provided for the map or its features to be spatially or temporally accurate.

If you do find an error or omission, please consider contributing your changes or recommendations in these three ways:

  • Contact the source
    If you are familiar with who manages a particular map data source, please contact the authoritative data source as listed above.
  • Contribute to OpenStreetMap
    If you are not already familiar with OpenStreetMap, you should really check it out.  "OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license."  To learn how to contribute to this free global map, please read the OSM Beginners Guide.
  • Contact Us
    Finally, please feel free to contact us and report anything on the map you feel is in error. We'll try to make the changes as soon as possible and contact the source of the data on your behalf.

Disclaimer

Our maps are for information only and may not be used for legal purposes. Distances are approximate and may not be suitable for navigation. The information on this map is derived from numerous sources, and no warranty is provided for the map or its features to be spatially or temporally accurate.