Tracks and Service Points (limited)

We provide information on these pages to help you:

Detailed guides are available for specific devices and apps. Check out our additional support section for further questions.

Adventure Cycling Association strives to keep this information current. However, features are continually changing, so the data may not reflect the most current conditions. You are solely responsible for safe navigation and the prudent use of this data.

Please advise us of corrections that we need to make.

Download

 By using this digital data, you agree to be bound by our Digital Data Agreement.

Anyone may download the tracks from our page.

Download Tracks (low resolution)

Members may download the Tracks (low resolution) and Service Points (basic).

Tracks and Service Points (limited)

The following Routes are available for immediate download:

  • Allegheny Mountains Loop
  • Grand Canyon Connector
  • Great Divide Canada
  • Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
  • Great Parks South
  • Great Rivers South
  • Tidewater Potomac
  • Utah Cliffs Loop

Quick Start

(To get started with a mobile device or tablet, see Device Management and Detailed Instruction sections below.)

The file you download is compressed with a “.zip” extension. On the majority of computers and mobile device apps, you can open that file directly to retrieve its content.

  • On Mac and Windows computers, select to open the ZIP file or double-click on it. It will expand into a folder with multiple files inside that new folder.
  • On mobile devices, when you select a ZIP file, you can choose the app to open it with. Review our mobile support for recommended apps.

Upload

These will vary by device. For best instructions, refer to the user manual of your device.

In general, for Garmin GPS devices using USB cable:

  • Attach the device to the computer using the provided USB cable.
  • Confirm device is in USB Mass Storage Mode.
  • A new storage device will appear.
  • Browse the folders of this new storage device.
  • You will notice a “Garmin” folder.
  • In that folder, there are different folders depending on your device.
  • Copy the GPX files into the appropriate folder on the storage device (e.g., "GPX" on a Garmin eTrex or "New Files" on a Garmin Edge 510).

Find Track

Your device will display list of available tracks to navigate. Depending on your device, these may also be called courses or routes. Regardless, they should all behave the same.

To find the track that you need from the list, use this guide to read the name of each track as it is made up of several components:

  • Route name abbreviation: see list of route abbreviations below.
  • Section number in two digits, padded with 0 as needed.
  • Direction of travel, which can be:
    • (E)ast
    • (W)est
    • (N)orth
    • (S)outh
    • (C)lockwise
    • (CC)ounterclockwise
    • (SE) Southeast
    • (NW) Northwest
    • (NE) Northeast
    • (SW) Southwest
  • Limited description using one of the following options:
    • Main route as “Main”
    • Otherwise:
      • Type of routes as one of the following:
        • Acc: Access
        • Alt: Alternate
        • Byp: Bypass
        • Con: Connector
        • Cut: Cutoff
        • Lop: Loop
        • Opt: Option
        • Spr: Spur
        • Stk: Singletrack
        • Trl: Trail
    • Underscore “_”
    • Description using three letters
    • Underscore “_”
    • Map print date for that section
    • Underscore “_low” to indicate low resolution of the track

Here are some examples:

  • AC01SMain_2015_low = the main route for Atlantic Coast, Section 1, travelling south, and matches the 2015 printed route
  • AC01ESpr_Bos_2015_low = Boston spur, traveling east, on Atlantic Coast route, Section 1, and matches the 2015 printed route

Navigate Track

These tracks are not intended for precise navigation. Their resolution is too low to allow for exact match of roads. Instead, they are intended to confirm the general direction & adherence to the intended route. They should also match the intended route at major intersections.

Use the paper maps for navigation. Follow the general direction track. (To more clearly see the general direction of the track, zoom out.)

 Pay close attention to the following notes about navigation:

  • Paper maps are the tools to use for navigation. These tracks are helpeful for general guidance.
  • These tracks are in low resolution of straight lines, connecting one major intersection to another. They do not follow countours of travel roads.
  • Tracks are identical for both directions of travel. However, that is not always the case for the actual route, as there are one-way roads & other considerations that make travel slightly different from direction of travel to the other. Always respect traffic laws. Refer to paper maps for details about the charted travel routes.
  • Do not rely on turn-by-turn instructions. They will not work with low resolution tracks.
  • Tracks do not include elevation profile data.

In all situations, ride according to the law and with the flow of traffic. In most cases, the track should continue to be parallel to or in the vicinity of where you are riding.

Edit Track

There may be times where you need to edit the route to add a side trip, change a section of the route to pass through a particular area, or to travel only part of it.

Refer to the Edit Track page for help making such changes. The examples on that page use high resolution tracks. However, the steps are identical.

Find Services

Adventure Cycling members have the option to download locations of some services on or near the route.

The file name is made up of the following components:

  • Route name abbreviation: see list of route abbreviations below.
  • Section number in two digits, padded with 0 as needed.
  • The word “Services”
  • Underscore “_”
  • Map print date for that section
  • The word “basic” to indicate basic information included for each service point. In most cases, that will simply be the service name with an abbreviation of its type.
Example:
  • UC01Services_2016_basic = Basic service information for Utah Cliffs Section 1, 2016 map 

Some service point include an abbreviation about the type of services offered:

  • AS: City, All services (Includes a restaurant, post office, grocery and/or convenience store, and motel or B&B)
  • B&B: Bed & Breakfast
  • BS: Bike Shop
  • CG: Campground
  • CS: Convenience Store
  • G: Grocery
  • HS: Hostel
  • M: Hotel/motel or Cabin
  • POI: Point of Interest
  • R: Restaurant

Libraries are noted for internet usage; access will vary depending on the library. Campgrounds and hostels vary from basic services to modern facilities; prices vary accordingly. The motels, hotels, and bed & breakfasts that are listed are only representative of what is available, especially in larger towns. They are often located off route.

Device Management

We have been testing GPS & mobile devices for several years. We share with you observations and lessons learned regarding power management, memory limits, weather protection, and known problems for:

Detailed Instructions

We compiled detailed step-by-step instructions, with screen captures, for devices that we know well. If you own one of those devices, you are in luck, because you can simply follow the steps to get everything you need to get that device ready for navigation with our digital data:

NOTE: Other Garmin Edge devices currently on the market may or may not have similar menus and screens. We advise you to compare yours to the screenshots in these instructions and choose the one most similar to your device.

Additional Support

See our FAQs on tracks and service points to answer common questions.

If you still have questions, visit the GPS & Digital Data Discussion Forum to share your experience, ask questions, & discuss digital navigation topics. Fellow riders and Adventure Cycling staff members participate in these forums.

Route Abbreviations

Abbreviations of the route that data represent:

  • AM: Allegheny Mountains Loop
  • GC: Grand Canyon Connector
  • GDC: Great Divide Canada
  • GD: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
  • PS: Great Parks South
  • RS: Great Rivers South
  • TP: Tidewater Potomac
  • UC: Utah Cliffs Loop