About Us

Who we are:

Purple Lizard Maps is dedicated to making beautiful maps of extraordinary places for those who want to get the most out of their recreation. Purple Lizard works nationally on map design projects and has been publishing its own unique brand of maps since 1997.  Purple Lizard Maps was founded by award winning cartographer, Michael Hermann, with a mission to make superior recreational maps representing excellence in design and functionality for those with a passion for adventure in the outdoors.

How we do what we do:

We build our maps from scratch. Digital scratch, meaning we use government GIS data to create our own terrain models, contour lines, and then add a heaping pile of cartographic linework sourced from every piece of information we can find. Then we immerse ourselves in the landscape we are mapping. We add about 1,000 hours of real-world mapmaking to boil down the raw data and see what is truth and what is junk. Our maps are made by visiting and exploring most of the places illustrated, and by talking to a lot of people who live in the communities we map.  That's why we can say we make real adventure maps for people who are serious about their recreation.  We know your customers will enjoy not only the maps, but the adventures they find when they use them.

What we care about:

We care about the people, places and businesses in the communities we map.  We work with small, locally-owned businesses to distribute our maps and are committed to doing our part to help promote recreation and environmental protection in communities we map. We proudly partner with local environmental organizations and community groups as a member of 1% For The Planet.