Know How To Locate Yourself
A GPS is a wonderful invention, but do not become totally dependent on it. They are not always reliable for accurate directions. And, do not depend on your cell phone! Unless you have a satellite phone, often you have to ride to the top of a mountain to get a signal.
Use your GPS, but always double check with a good old-fashioned map. It could save you from riding a precarious trail or driving down a wrong road with a loaded-up trailer.
The very best map book we’ve found for traveling is the Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas made by Benchmark Maps. These useful books are available for all the states. Every single road is listed, even dirt logging roads and quite a few trails.
Wherever we ride in the wilderness, we always carry a GPS device, forest service and/or BLM topographical maps as well as a compass to consult. We still get “misplaced” sometimes, but not for long!