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13 de Septiembre 2006

US National Parks Layer in Google Earth

[UPDATE: this layer moved to the "Parks and Recreation" layer in December.]

New Layers Update in Google EarthOne of the big parts of the new layers update just discovered is the new US National Parks layer. You find this under the "Featured Content" "Parks and Recreation" layer in Google Earth as of today. You need to zoom down lower to one of the parks to see all of the information. The new layer not only shows the locations of National Parks all over the US, but also contains sublayers with park information and boundary information. Even more interesting is the "Trails" layer. Check out Yosemite and you see hiking trails all over the place including the trail up to the top of Half Dome. If you go to Denali National Park in Alaska they even have the preferred routes up Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley). Before climbers get too excited, I tried some mountains I've climbed and the trails to the ascent were there, but not the routes to the top (for example, Long's Peak in Colorado). However, for planning a trip to a national park, this trail data is awsome!

According to Google's brief press release on these new layers there are over 10,000 miles of trails in the 58 National Parks listed. I highly recommend you turn on the entire US National Park layer (and sublayers) and check it out.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 13 de Septiembre 2006 a las 12:57 PM

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    WOW! thats a lot of info. one heck of an update this. I personally wish there were a few more images in the updates but then again I guess this is the USP (unique selling point) for Google Earth now Microsoft seems to have got drawn level(ish) on the image front :(

    Enviado por: Jimmy Lemon at 13 de Septiembre 2006 a las 03:21 PM

    The National Park info is a nice layer. I would never have known about it if you hadn't posted. Thanks!

    Enviado por: Sawdust at 13 de Septiembre 2006 a las 07:25 PM

    you should check out the forest service's inciweb fire site. there's a KML feed of active fires nation-wide. some even have perimieters.

    Enviado por: peeps at 13 de Septiembre 2006 a las 11:09 PM

    Hooray! I've been waiting for this data for a long time. I hope Google continues to add backcountry trail data - there's a lot out there from state & national forests too. Even though this newest layer is a wonderful presentation (there are mileage numbers!), it's still useful to have trails as KML files (ie redtrails.com) for more intensive planning. That way you can select what trails to show, change the color, and convert to GPX. And they won't disappear as you zoom.

    Enviado por: Slackpacker at 14 de Septiembre 2006 a las 02:04 AM

    Looks like not all parks have trails data...

    Interesting stuff - I can't compete with their fancy layering and labeling... I wonder how long until they venture into the National Forest realm...

    Now let me plug my website-


    Enviado por: redtrails at 18 de Septiembre 2006 a las 04:14 PM

    Does this still work. Doesnt show up on my featured content list?????

    Not listed here either

    Enviado por: Bob at 1 de Febrero 2007 a las 09:28 PM

    Bob, it was moved under the "Parks and Recreation Areas" layer. Updating the blog entry to make that clear.

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 2 de Febrero 2007 a las 07:34 AM

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