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New Big Bend Interactive Map

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New Big Bend Interactive Map
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:32:49 PM »
Visiting the Big Bend has never been easier.  With the help of Google Maps and, you can take a virtual tour of popular sights, activities, hiking trails, canyons, outfitters, hotels, camping spots, and restaurants in the Big Bend area.  The Interactive Map System features Google Maps Satellite imagery with points of interest, driving routes, and photo layers.

The external layers include geo-tagged photos from popular Big Bend Flickr Groups.  Users can add their photos to these groups, tag the photo with a lat/lon, and have the photos appear right in the map system.  Browsing these user-submitted photos is a great way to experience the Big Bend.  This feature allows you to grab a glimpse of the views and hidden spots you may have missed on your last trip.

Some of the most popular points include:

Get directions to any point in the system, just by clicking the "Directions" button at the bottom of the information window.  This button will launch Google Maps, ad give you a chance to enter a start point.  Google will then take you right to the selected point, with excellent and dependable driving directions.  This is a wonderful way to plan your trip! 

One of the great features of this system is the ability to share points with friends or coworkers.  To share a point, click on the "link" button below the point description.  A URL will appear.  Just copy and paste this URL to your blog, email, or social network. has launched this tool to help Big Bend fans and visitors plan their trips and explore the area, but the fun doesn't stop there.  Users can download the collection of points to be viewed in Google Earth or other KML-capable GIS browsers. 

Audiences are encouraged to submit points to to help make the system even better. To submit a point to, email map at with the point's title, a short description, and lat/lon coordinates.

Take a tour of the Interactive Map System here:

Check out the list of all of the Points: - The best Big Bend resource on the web, with blogs, news, weather, and tools for planning your trip to the Big Bend.



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