Navigation of the Trail: For sure the best way to follow the trail is by the use of a Garmin GPS unit. There are many types of Garmin units, almost all of them can work well. If you don't already have a Garmin GPS you can often get a new Garmin for under $100. Cell Phone GPS is starting to be used, but has trouble in the remote areas and doesn't take the abuse of the trail well. See our Garmin GPS recommendations.
Structure of the trail information: The GCRD is broken into 20 sections (from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells on the Mexico border. At the end of each section is a gasoline station. The sections vary in length from 77 miles to 267 miles. You should have a gas range of 267 miles. Each section has a printable map. Several sections can be ridden in a day, depending on your desires.
Studying the Route: Attitudes about studying the route vary greatly among travelers. Some prefer no study, just turn on the GPS and go and enjoy whatever the day has to offer. Others love to study the route in fine detail before starting. Below you will find some amazing resources that allow you to study the route in very fine detail. So for those that enjoy this sort of thing, well, Enjoy.
Link to Study the detail of Each Section's Route
Route Updates: I have spent a lot of work sorting through all the best ride plans from all the best riders and sources. This includes: Cannonshots tracks and stories and info (he is the best) and I have sorted through Big Dogs tracks and info and I have gone through my own once again (gpsKevin) and the info on what Rawhide does. I have taken the best from everyone and made it in really easy GPS maps and I now put it "Open Source" on the web for free so that everyone may enjoy and contribute to making it an even better ride. Please send me your updates and I will include them.
Instant GPS Download:
Want to download the Complete set of Tracklogs and Waypoints. Maybe you want to edit them and download them to your GPS yourself? Below you can get an instant download in either Universal (GPX) format or Garmin Basecamp and Mapsource (GDB) format. These are high resolution tracklogs and Waypoints for all section of the trail and its options.
(This option is not recommended if you have not worked with tracklogs before, tracklogs do not work in all GPS units and often must be modified to fit your GPS. We cannot offer any tech support for your GPS unit. We recommend you buy the Micro SD card)
Note: After you complete your payment, Select "Return to Merchant" Button to be directed to the download link.