This is a list of tools and resources that I have found useful in planning various adventures. Updated occasionally.
My Western Webcam and Weather Map – I made this to quickly get weather and an on-the-ground look at areas that I frequent across the west. EDIT: This no longer works due to the death of gmap4
Americansouthwest.net – A comprehensive resource for points of interest in the southwestern USA.
How Far Can I Go? – A nice way to see where you can visit within a given time frame.
US Campgrounds interactive map – ❤️Interactive map displaying developed campgrounds in the US. Very useful for figuring out where to sleep 🙂
Maps and Mapping
Gmap4 – ❤️❤️My favorite web-based interactive mapping solution. Various topo maps and google maps all in one place. Plan, draw, tag, import, export, embed etc. Indispensable.
Accuterra Preview – Good for locating BLM land and identifying land parcel ownership
Cal Topo – Another great interactive topographic map. Print, view, plan etc.
National Geographic Topo PDFs – Print your own topo maps!
National Strava Heatmap – Can be useful for trail finding
Weather and Atmosphere
GOES West Satellite Imagery – ❤️A great resource to see looping satelite imagery from GOES.
NOAA Hazard Mapping Smoke and Fire – ❤️A great resource to quickly check out atmospheric aerosols and smoke.
NOAA View Global Data Explorer – An interactive map where you can explore a range of data sets.
NOAA Area Forecast – ❤️Interactively define an area and get a precise weather forecast for that location.
Intellicast interactive weather map – My favorite interactive weather map with radar, satellite, etc.
Clear Skies Chart – ❤️❤️Great for predicting haze, cloud cover, visibility and darkness in one place.
US Air Quality – Good way to get an idea of air quality / visibility of a given location.
US Wildfire Interactive Map – Useful resource for planning around wildfires.
Inciweb – Good resource for keeping track of wildfires
NASA Earth Observatory – NASA Satellite Imagery of various weather and atmospheric phenomena
Sunset WX – Sunset Prediction!
NOAA Snow Analytics – What is the snowpack like?
Tools for Astrophotography
Moon Phases Calendar – Current moon phase.
Light pollution interactive map – ❤️Useful for finding areas with dark skies for astrophotography.
Blue Marble Night Lights – Another resource for finding dark skies.
Light Pollution Map – Yet another resource for finding dark skies.
Sierra Cam Network