USGS Topographic Maps of California

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All scales and most editions of USGS topographic maps are available online via Topoview (National Geologic Map Database), the USGS Map Locator & Downloader, and the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer (in partnership with Esri).  

Note: as of October, 2012, the current version of all USGS topo maps are available only as geoPDFs.

Graphical Indexes

  • USGS Map Locator (Google Maps interface)
    • Go here for downloads of geoPDF versions of ALL editions of ALL scales of USGS topo maps.
    • See below for lists of paper California USGS topo maps available in MIL.
  • Graphical Locator of California
    • From the Environmental Statistics Group at Montana State University, this map of California will tell you the 7.5' (1:24,000) quadrangle name and other information for any location you click on.
  • National Atlas Map Locator
    • On the National Atlas site you can find quadrangle names for topo maps that cover larger areas at a smaller scales such as 1:100,000 and 1:250,000.  

 

USGS Topographic Quadrangle Maps of California

All scales and most editions of USGS topographic maps are available online via Topoview (National Geologic Map Database), the USGS Map Locator & Downloader, and the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer (in partnership with Esri).  The lists below describe paper maps that are in the MIL collection

Online sites to freely view CA Topos

Other Formats for USGS Topographic Maps

  • MIL has a full set of National Geographic Topo! CD-ROMs.  (We also have other Western states.  Search the catalog with the words "national geographic seamless cdrom" to see them all.)
  • ArcGIS users can connect to a web mapping server at ESRI to use seamless 1:24,000, 1:100,000, and 1:250,000 topographic maps for the entire country.