From the iPad to the iPhone and Android, check out these BACKPACKER mobile apps.
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From the iPad to the iPhone and Android, check out these BACKPACKER mobile apps.


Subscribe now to the enhanced iPad version of Backpacker and you'll get a complete interactive experience in each issue, from backcountry testing videos to stunning outdoor photo slideshows to audio interviews. Each issue is packed with the latest and greatest outdoor advice and adventure. DOWNLOAD THE APP AND SUBSCRIBE NOW. Having problems? Email us directly at and we’ll help you out.

Click here to order a new Backpacker iPad/iPhone subscription for $14.99 or upgrade your existing print subscription to include the iPad/iPhone edition for just $4.99!

FAQ: Backpacker Digital Subscriptions

Q: I am an existing print subscriber, how do I get a digital subscription?
A: iPad/iPhone users can purchase a $4.99 digital upgrade to go with their print subscription by clicking the link above; currently, we do not support other platforms with print + digital options. Android users see below to purchase digital issues and subscriptions via links for the Kindle Fire, and Google Play stores. If you have Windows or want a desktop version, that page also has links to the Zinio and Nook stores.

Q: I already have a subscription to Backpacker from iTunes, do I need a password?
A: No. The password feature in the Backpacker app is only for users who subscribe directly from this Web site, which is also the only place you can order a bundled print + digital subscription.

Q: My iTunes auto-renewed, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, subscriptions purchased from Apple are out of our control. Manage your iTunes auto renewal

Q: What is the difference between buying an iPad/iPhone subscription from this site versus iTunes?
A: There is no difference in the end product. By purchasing from us you have the option of adding a print edition to your order and your order will be managed by us. If you purchase from iTunes, your order will be handled by Apple.

BACKPACKER Map Maker for iPad


BACKPACKER Map Maker is GPS mapping software for your iPad. Plan hikes, backpacking and camping trips, and other outdoor adventures on detailed, interactive topo maps and aerial photos. Get instant access to more than 70,000 topographic maps in the US and Canada.Loaded with colorful, richly detailed topos, aerial images, and street maps you can cache on the tablet, this powerful tool lets you import trips and GPS data, drag-and-drop waypoints, zoom in on that key river crossing on your dream trip to the Brooks Range, and much more. Learn more about Map Maker on

Download Map Maker for your iPad



Turn your smartphone into the ultimate GPS navigation device. Access thousands of BACKPACKER magazine trips. Map and share your adventures with the click of a button.

Learn more about GPS Trails here

Record hiking trails, backpacking trips, and camping adventures with Backpacker GPS Trails. View maps, navigate with digital compass, take photos, and backtrack to the trailhead. GPS Trails works in remote places like national parks, wilderness areas, and backcountry spots — without relying on data and cell signals! Get published: Every month the editors at Backpacker handpick adventures shared by its online community to be published in the magazine. Kickstart your adventure writing and photography career with GPS Trails. Features available only in GPS Trails PRO

  • Unlimited access to seamless US and Canada topographic maps, and worldwide terrain maps.
  • Store maps on the phone for offline viewing in the backcountry and faster load times off the grid.
  • Discover and download 3,000+ editor-endorsed trip reports for national parks and major cities.
  • Shoot video and geotag it to an exact location on a map.
  • Save the videos right to your YouTube account.  Post trips on Facebook, Twitter, and
  • Convert lat/long coordinates to UTM and NAD 27 map datum to sync with paper maps for advanced navigation in the field.
  • No ads. Say goodbye to advertisements that occupy valuable screen space for navigating.

ALL NEW! Pro Trip Bundles - Available Now Get packaged trips, dayhikes and weekends in National Parks and near major cities right from the app. From the main menu, you'll see a button for Trip Bundles. Click on that button, and you'll be directed to a page with all of our premium content bundles. 

We will be rolling out bundles for major cities and classic parks over the course of the year. This is just like buying songs and albums on iTunes, but you'll be getting all the sweet BACKPACKER editor-approved trail information--photos, video, waypoints, trip planning beta--beamed to your phone. Stay tuned to this space and in-app messages for updates on the app and in-app content. And check the GPS Trails facebook page for all the latest news and navigation tips. ---- General GPS Trails InfoSupported Phones: GPS Trails is designed and optimized for the iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G. The 1st generation models lack a GPS chip required to run the application. Battery Life: While we optimize our code to cut down on power requirements, continued use of the GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. For longer dayhikes or overnight trips, we suggest packing backup battery packs to charge the phone. Follow Us: We’ve created a Facebook page for our mobile apps to discuss upcoming releases, new features, and get your feedback. Your feedback helps us create a better app. Go to: Report Bugs: Please email us at to notify us of any bugs with GPS Trails. Please post them on our Facebook page too. We’ll work with you to resolve and replicate any issues. Go to: Need Help? Login Issues: Some older accounts are not compliant with our phone apps. If you're having any problems whatsoever, please shoot us an email at