Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with the new onX Backcountry App, the most comprehensive planning and navigation tool for hiking, backpacking, and all outdoor adventures.

Summer is coming, and the onX Backcountry App is your ultimate guide to discovering new hiking trails, knowing exactly where you are in the backcountry (even without cell service), and getting home safely after a day -- or a week! -- spent hiking or exploring. Brought to you by onX, the leader in outdoor-recreation mapping apps loved by millions of users, onX Backcountry provides the unique combination of guidebook-quality trail content and photos, always-available GPS location data, and an easy-to-use contextual mapping experience including 3D, distance and tracking tools, your photos on the map, and more.

onX Backcountry turns your phone into a robust GPS navigation system and trail finder with real-time location tracking. View hiking trails near you with photos and descriptions, explore 24K topographic and satellite maps, discover recreation and camping sites, find public land, check the 7-day weather forecast -- and for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, study avalanche forecasts and slope angles. Your outdoor adventure is up to you: Find that waterfall hike, remote lake, connector ridge, or peak on the map -- then pack your backpack and go!

Turn your phone into a powerful GPS navigation unit even when you’re hiking off the trail--or completely off the grid. With onX Backcountry, save Offline Maps to be able to see your exact location on the map, even without cell service. Track your route while hiking to always know where you are.

Discover your next adventure by choosing from our industry-leading 650,000 mile network of trails, or try one of our 10,000+ Featured Adventures to see detailed trail information including photos, description, difficulty, distance, elevation, etc. Also explore 450,000 outdoor recreation “points of interest” and more than 54,000 campsites. It’s a digital hiking guidebook and outdoor trip planner in your pocket!

Add waypoints to the map to mark spots you loved, to remember where to explore next time, or to share with a friend. Make it a memory by adding photos. Customize your waypoints with icons for campsites, summits, swimming, fishing, hot springs, foraging, water crossings, and more.

While many onX Backcountry features are free, some features require a paid membership. We offer a 7-day free trial with access to all the features. No credit card required -- you decide when or if you’d like to purchase. If you choose not to buy, you’ll continue to have access to the free version of onX Backcountry app, including basic trail maps, weather, and waypoints.

onX Backcountry is available on an introductory offer of 25% off through 2021 -- $29.99 for the initial year and renewing at $39.99/year. With a Membership, you’ll unlock these top features:
• Know where to go: Guidebook-quality trail & snow content, with photos and descriptions
• Know where you are: Stay safe with unlimited offline maps
• Explore maps in 3D, plus 24K topo and satellite maps
• Access 985M+ acres of public land, including US Forest Service, BLM, and State Land
• Track real-time speed, distance, and duration of your hike with GPS Tracker

Our mission is to awaken the adventurer inside everyone. onX products are built by adventurers, for adventurers. Our appreciation for wild places drives us to preserve access to the recreation that we cherish. As a company, we invest in land access initiatives to expand and protect open spaces. Read more about our land access initiatives here:

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What’s New

Version 21.21.0

Thank you for being an onX Backcountry Member!

For this update, we've added more than 7,000 guidebook quality adventures for your trail needs.

If you love the new App, please leave a review! If there's something that doesn't seem right, please let us know and we will do all that we can to assist you.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

Ben Dibuz ,

This app saved my toes!

Tried this out when backpacking Big Bend for the first time. Ended up getting snowed into a mountaintop campsite with a historic amount of snow. This app gave us the confidence we were going the right way to return to the base when we couldn’t see any trail or tracks at all and needed to get down in time to prevent frostbite.

The tracking works remarkably well and the UI is fairly intuitive. Also seeing the difficulty gradient along the trails is very useful for planning and decision making. My only suggestion would be to make it easier to access and view stats on previously tracked hikes. The only way I could find to access them was by tapping on the path on the map, but sometimes I had hiked the same segment many times making this an imprecise way to find precious data.

Developer Response ,

Hi Ben, thank you for taking the time to share your support and feedback. We really appreciate it! We are so glad to hear that Backcountry helped to lead you safely back home. What a crazy situation!

I can definitely pass your feature request onto the team! We do have the "My Content" menu that would show each individual track once it is created. That may help you to sort out those previous trips.

Thanks again!

Navy Nate ,

Best App, But Needs More Development.

Love this app for setting waypoints and making my own hike I can enjoy. In California, knowing property boundaries are as important as the hike itself.

There needs to be more preset hikes or the app needs to be more intuitive so that searching for hikes when not on my home area is not cumbersome.

Overall, this app can and I think will be better than other hiking apps out there. If it expands its preset hikes on the app and makes it easier to find a more diverse array of hikes, then it will be the best app offered!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to share your support and feedback of the Backcountry App. We're always looking for ways to improve the app, so I will be sure to pass your feedback on to our development team. Hopefully we can continue to improve the app and provide great material for our users! Thanks again and happy trails.

EMTsnow ,

Highly disappointed

OnX Backcountry has two good features and that’s the offline maps and 3D maps other than that I highly suggest Gaia or CalTopo over this app. Slope angle shading is vital in backcountry missions, map layers are impossible to find on this app. You get 100x more information on maps on both Gaia & CalTopo.
I’ve used CalTopo for years and have had a much better experience. I’ve used Gaia for a week, and OnX for a week.
Gaia for being out in the backcountry and tracking while on a mission is amazing, CalTopo for when I’m planning missions at home is how I use the two together. OnX has 100% lost it for me, if I hunted, I’d use OnX, otherwise no benefit to other maps to most backcountry users. Especially since you can use CalTopo for free and still get more info than OnX....

Developer Response ,

Hi there, thanks for giving Backcountry a try. I am sorry to hear it didn't meet your expectations. If you would like to share any feedback on the features you would like to see in the app, let us know! You can email with any ideas you have from using CalTopo and Gaia.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

App Privacy

The developer, onXmaps, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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