RiverMapsTM map books “go with the flow”. Each map is oriented so the river flows upward on the page like you’re looking downstream. No more turning your map upside down or twisting your head to read it.
These high-quality spiral-bound guidebooks are offset-printed on plastic pages measuring 8-1/2 x 14 inches. The covers are plastic card stock. The entire book is waterproof and tear-resistant (but not indestructible!). The guidebooks include mile-by-mile descriptions of campsites, rapids, and points of interest and include many color photographs. The spiral bindings and stiff covers make them lay flat and easy to use.
They are printed with USGS 7.5′ topographic maps as the background at the original map scale of 2,000 feet per inch.
Special notes on this river:
Please note that the permit kiosk previously operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe near the put-in at Highway 60 is no longer available. You need to be sure to obtain your WMAT recreation permit before you get to the river.
The side canyons on river left just upstream and downstream from Horseshoe Bend (mile 39) flashed in 2021, completely damming the river and forcing the current to flow through a thicket of tamarisk on river right. Floods in early 2023 reestablished the river channel close to its original location.
Care of Your Books
You can write on dry plastic pages with an indelible marker like a Sanford Sharpie. If your offset printed map or guidebook gets wet, don’t worry! It can stay wet without damage. You will eventually want to dry it out with a rag or by turning and air-drying each page. The pages usually won’t stick, but… Don’t cook your books! We have seen some books with pages that stick, especially where the ink is heavy over photographs. The only way we are able to reproduce this effect is to let a wet book dry for an extended time in the hot sun. You should avoid leaving your book in the direct sun or a hot vehicle or trailer for any longer than necessary. Day-to-day use in the sun while on the river has never been a problem that we’ve seen. Don’t freeze your books! We have seen books that were wet and frozen lose some of their ink and underlying coating that holds the ink to the plastic page. If your book is wet and frozen, we suggest either letting it defrost or dipping it in the river for a minute to melt the ice and allow the pages to separate.