Welcome 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.
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:
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
GPS and Mapping related links:
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,