Gaia gps is incredible 5/5
I live in remote jungles of thailand where there is no Wifi, phone signal electricity. Digital detox is great! But when going deep, the Gaia gps still works great.
Love this app
Map layers are SO useful 5/5
The amount of map manipulation, layering, and customizing is priceless. Their customer service is responsive and very helpful. Premium subscription is worth it.
Lat & Lon 5/5
Very easy to find Latitude and longitude locations, big help for Geocaching.
Really don’t like this app 1/5
Honestly i just can’t figure this app out. I just want to download certain wilderness areas and I can’t figure out how to do it. It’s really annoying. I can’t understand the layout. I’m new to mountaineering though, but every time I open it I’m confused as Hell. Just show me a download button, and show me my tracks, where I actually am. How does one do that? I’ll use it like 2x a year so I can’t pay a monthly subscription, I assumed I could do it free?
Needs CarPlay, then 100% Perfect 5/5
By offroad Stomper
CarPlay must be coming, surely. Otherwise the piece de resistance.
Great app wether you are hiking or off roading.
Useless on iOS 12.3 1/5
Latest version 1.9.1 is useless on iOS 12.3 (iPad mini 5, iPhone XS Max or iPad Pro 11). Maps won’t load for online use, won’t download or sync across devices with the premium membership, and app crashes constantly. Support has been very responsive, but unable to correct these significant issues. Hopefully a fix is in order soon. Refund requested.
Best App ever 5/5
I used this app for 3 days backpacking Yellowstone and works great! I would recommend to pay the annual membership, its worth it.
Full paid version with lifetime subscription no longer honored 1/5
Yup pretty much what the title says
Best hunting/hiking/outdoor recreation app out there! 5/5
Premium user here.
Gaia really is a bounty of cartographic treasures. As someone who is interested in maps in general, I can spend hours digging through the multiple layers it offers before forcing myself to get back to work or finally go to bed. There’s really a wealth of information available in this very powerful app.
For some reason Gaia hasn’t caught a lot of traction with hunters I know here in Montana. That’s bonkers. Gaia has the same information available, plus tons more than some of its competitors. At a fraction of the price.
As a hunting app, I have access to hunting district overlays, block management area overlays, public land overlays, private land ownership info overlays, current and historical burn areas, timber harvest data, roadless areas, multiple satellite options, and much more. You name it and it’s in here. (I’d love to see draw odds and historic harvest rates included, but I don’t think any other GPS apps offer that, and it’d be quite an undertaking).
As a hiker, I have access to Nat Geo map overlays (the paper versions of these are pricey, but there’re sooo good!) USGS topo map overlays, wilderness overlays, light pollution overlays, and much more. I’ve used Gaia on multi day trips deep into wilderness areas on airplane mode with my maps saved, and felt confident in my ability to navigate through some of the far reaches of the Rockies. (You should still take a compass and a good old fashioned paper map if you’re really getting “in there” though).
If I’m out riding the dual sport motorcycle I have access to USFS MVUM maps to see when the gates open on dirt roads on public lands.
If I’m back east sailing I have access to NOAA depth and navigation charts. These depth charts are also great if you’re trying to scout out say, a potential surf spot in a remote place along the coast.
I don’t backcountry ski, but they seems to have overlays geared toward that as well.
The list goes on and on. This app, and the very reasonably priced premium subscription is a must for anyone who recreates outdoors, no matter what your preferred form(s) of recreation may be. Maybe some of the other companies spend more on marketing, but Gaia is really making the superior product. You’ve got a lifetime subscriber in me.
Handy maps 5/5
By hidegard von bingen
This is my go-to map app. Works well even in areas with sketchy mobile coverage. Have a sub, so it stores my routes and shares them with me significant other so that he knows where to find the wreckage.
Rough start but great outcome 5/5
I started using the app like so many others on the free version and loved everything about it. I finally decided to get the premium version and of course a day maybe two before I had a trip planned as leader of a group of jeeps travel across the eastern section of Oklahoma there was an update and it caused some hectic and I couldn’t use the MVUM maps which wouldn’t have been good. Anyways I got in touch with the tech support guys and through Facebook messenger and was able to get the help I needed before I left out for my trip. Absolutely some of the best service I’ve had in a while. I will continue to use this app for as long as they keep up the good work. Thanks guys
Mama.zing for off roading! 5/5
Love this app!! It works great for GPX files. Better than our Garmin
Just what I wanted 5/5
I wanted an app with good detail for driving off the beaten path, and on roads into interesting places. Just back from adventuring on the Olympic Peninsula, and it did just what I wantedl using the GPS function on my iPad pro mounted in the cab of my pickup. Enjoyed being able to track my hikes with iPhone and have them sync with my iPad. Great road map detail. I look forward to using this app on my trip to Alaska next fall. Highly recommended.
Where is the ADKs?!? 2/5
This is a great app. Super detailed and scary accurate. But I bought the premium membership level for 5 years only to find out that my beloved Adirondacks are not included in the Nat Geo layer. It has Vermont, New Hampshire, even the Catskills but not the Adirondacks. When (and if) they include those Nat Geo maps for the ADKs I will re-review and give 5 stars. Other than that this app is perfect.
By computor challenged
I added way too many waypoints in my learning curve, went to the help line and resolved the problem. What a relief terrific help!!!
$20 and worth it every trip 5/5
hit the track record button and enjoy your hike, that simple. when you wonder if you’re going the right way out, or most importantly, back to the trailhead, you can see exactly where you walked in from. 100% confidence on all your adventures. i personally guarantee the value to my friends. i like to use it for fun on airplane trips, or even jogging routes, yes i’m a geek but its nice to know which state or city is 30,000 feet below you or how big that hill is or how long is that favorite jogging loop. are you curious how long the phone battery lasts? just download the maps before you head out, turn on airplane mode and my iphone7 will last for days (and i keep a spare battery too). enjoy!
Very useful 5/5
I used it with Team Rubicon in Mozambique. The variety of downloadable maps came in very handy with very limited cell coverage. Entering waypoints with notes was very intuitive and allowed me to mark points where we could provide assistance.
Must have! 5/5
By old #7
Great app. I have recommended to all of my friends. Living in a state with lots of public land, the public land layer makes finding treasures that much easier.
Awesome! Get it! 5/5
I love this app. I use it for trail riding and hiking but I am considering it for other applications because it has never glitched on me while other GPS apps I have used have.
Best GPS App Out There 5/5
I’ve used this app for 2 years and been amazed at how even the most obscure trails are listed. I use it for backpacking trips with our Scouts and really like the mileage and up/down stats. I stopped using stand alone GPS units in favor of GAIA on my phone along with an external battery for multi day back country treks. Download the maps at home and then use your phone in airplane mode for several days before needing to charge the phone. I highly recommend this app!!!
Excellent source maps 5/5
Incredible and versatile tool while outdoors as a serious backpacker or just a day hike.
I use Gaia GPS in the backcountry for the trails, for off-trail routing, and for route planning. It’s an awesome tool!
No customer service 1/5
No customer support. Order subscription and it will not load. If anyone know how to contact them please let me know. I tried FB
By fjursd bktfbjfcv
Love the App!
Go To App For Long Distance Hiking 5/5
Updated review 2019- Still the Swiss Army Knife of Map Apps. Totally worth the yearly subscription fee. So many options for great maps. Unlike most of the junk on my phone, this app is actually useful. Using it again for the last 1,600 miles of the CDT this year. 5 stars!
2018-I’ve hiked the PCT, AZT, CT, and now on the CDT and have used Gaia GPS for all of them. Would not leave home without it. Must have app for trekking.
This is my map 5/5
Download the area before I head out. Then my phone goes into airplane mode and the HD maps and GPS take me all the way! (and save my battery life for long hikes)
Using it for 10 years and still love it! 5/5
Best hiking app out there 5/5
I have used Gaia for 6 years, lots of map types, easy to use, great app!
GAIA GPS 5/5
By mike d 52
Great GPS app and customer service. I’ve used it extensively and in the mountains of CO and it’s very effective and user friendly
Good app but could use a couple things 4/5
I’ve been using Gaia for 2 years now and really like the idea of having something with is while hiking that works even offline. Lately thought I’m having issues with the routes I create on the computer(way easier)downloading to the app. My other big issue is when creating hiking routes, you’ve got to put a ton of waypoints bc otherwise the program will make its own routes. You also can’t get an accurate reading if doing an out and back or lollipop route. A nice feature would be a way to press “back to starting point” or something like that
Completely Worthless 1/5
By WHY is every nickname taken!?
What use is a gps that does not give, or search for, gps coordinates? What is this even used for?
I use this app for my fieldwork and it’s AMAZING! Plus it’s free!!!!
Best I've seen. Works better than expected.
Why not more horse friendly? 4/5
Your program excels in many ways. However, I wonder why it is not more horse friendly. Horse icons as well as trail head markings for horse trailer parking would be very useful. Horseback riders are a major user of the trails but are often
overlooked when it comes to those who designed these maps. One of the central topics on horse forums is, “which map/GPS app best represents the horseback rider in the wilderness areas as well as other trails”.
There are well over 2 million horseback riders in the United States.
Great app! 4/5
I enjoy the Gaia GPS app. Very useful for trip planning and backpacking. And I love that it works without cell service. Some features that need to be more user friendly include editing routes on the iPhone and creating sections within a long hike and mapping/viewing the distance between waypoints (maybe I’m doing something wrong but I haven’t found an efficient way to do this).
Used on every adventure 5/5
I use GAIA in every adventure. I do a lot of cross country where there is no trails, GAIA has never failed me. I use the layers A LOT to explore areas (1900 & 1930). I love that it also shows mines in the area. I have recommended this to many people.
Go to Non-Paper Map 5/5
We’re suckers for paper maps... but these days we’re turning to Gaia more and more as we tour North America. From USFS, to MUMV, to satellite imagery; Gaia always has us covered. And it seems like they add an awesome new map or layer every couple months.
Safari in Africa 4/5
While I did not have the Africa maps loaded for the Serengeti. We used this mapping service every day for two weeks. Used photographs and highlights for animals and birds. My daughter found the distance and time points for the birds very interesting in her bird tracking document . Wish I had known the detail that I could’ve gotten for the mapping before we left. Highly recommend this app for use just walking around big city parks Hiking in the local trails and mountains, or world travel Chasing Safari mountains and Serengeti plains.
Everything I need and more. 5/5
My fiancé and I live out of our toyota fj cruiser and rtt. We use our app every day. Super easy and functional.
Layers upon layers! 5/5
Gaia has proven to be one of the most effective tools I’ve used to date for field geology/geo-engineering. It’s array of tools coupled Gaia’s extensive collection of map layers gives the engineer one of the most powerful tools I know of for prospecting and research of geo hazards. This coupled with the powerful recreational features makes the app versatile for all users. It’s a wonderful app and the premium package is well worth the price!
By jw cat
Better than a handheld Garmin in price and function capabilities.
The road not taken 5/5
By Dusty Boy's Dad
Works great for navigating the woods of East Tennessee! No more worries about being “confused” (lost) in the mountains. Will not leave home without i.
Best software out there, from backpacking trips, hunting to shed hunting. Maps out perfectly, shows private property. This has change my outdoor experience.
Best hikiing app! 5/5
Gaia is the best! I’m loving it!
Best GPS app out there. 5/5
Awesome features, easy and simple to use, and awesome backup so seamless transition from device to device.
Great app! 4/5
I use Gaia GPS for everything from urban exploring to backpacking with my family to remote exploration scuba diving off the west coast of the US.
The map overlays, offline functionality, picture integration and functionality are awesome.
I would love CarPlay integration to use during overlanding...
Wonderful app 5/5
This is a wonderful app that had proven useful many times while doing land navigation in my forest management classes.
Love this program! 5/5
I have completed a number of longer hikes from section hiking in Massachusetts and have done many higher hikes in NH and ME. This is great for keeping track of the hikes on one map, for getting back on trail if you lose it (esp in winter or fall), and for fining unmarked trails and old roads. Also useful if you need to bushwhack. Easy to use. I have the paid level although I don’t have much need of the extras offered.