UGRC has awarded Aero-Graphics, Inc. and The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. to acquire 26,036 square miles of aerial lidar elevation data. The lidar will be a combination of USGS Quality Level 1 (QL1), 8 points per square meter and Quality Level 2 (QL2), 2 points per square meter depending on the area. The 2019 QL2 project covering portions of Kane County, Utah was acquired last fall, is going through USGS Quality Assurance, and is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2020. (Due to Covid-19 related setbacks deliverables should be available by November 2020.) The 2020 acquisitions have begun and will continue throughout the year. These project areas will be completed in 2021 and project deliverables are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2021.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Map 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) are also acquiring 13,681 square miles of aerial lidar in Utah this year. The lidar will mostly be QL2, with a few small areas as QL1. The acquisitions will begin in the fall of 2020 and project deliverables are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2023.

You are welcome to download the boundaries for all the project areas as a shapefile.

Project area map

UPDATE 12/13/2022

With the exception of the 2020 FEMA HQ project, managed through the USGS Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC), all other 2020 project areas are completed and available for download from, from the LiDAR section of our Elevation and Terrain Data webpage, or from the individual web pages for each project listed below:

Preliminary project deliverables for the 2020 FEMA HQ project are available for Blocks 1-3. These include project rasters and point clouds. Block 4 should be available after 5/2023. Here is more information about downloading.

The Project Areas Include

  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Bears Ears National Monument
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Sections of the Green and Colorado Rivers
  • Portions of the Greater Sevier Watershed
  • Portions of the Manti-La Sal, Fishlake, Ashley, Wasatch-Cache, Uintah, and Dixie National Forests
  • Areas within:
    • All 29 Utah Counties
    • 58 of the 253 Utah Municipalities
    • 30 of the 249 Utah Cities & Towns

The Project Deliverables

  • Raw Point Cloud
  • Classified Point Cloud (2 or 8 points per square meter with 10cm vertical RMSE)
    • Ground (bare earth)
    • Water
    • Bridge decks
    • Snow (if present and identifiable)
    • Low and High Noise
    • Processed, but unclassified
  • Bare-Earth Terrain Model (DTM) (0.5 or 1 meter cell size with 10cm vertical RMSE with Hydro-Flattening)
  • First Return Surface Model (DSM) (0.5 or 1 meter cell size with 10cm vertical RMSE) (not available for FEMA HQ areas)
  • Intensity Images (0.5 or 1 meter resolution GeoTIFFs) (not available for FEMA HQ areas)
  • Metadata

The Project Partners

  • U.S. Geological Survey National Map: 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Utah Division of Emergency Management
  • National Resource Conservation Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Utah Geological Survey
  • Cryq Energy, Inc.

Comments, questions, compliments, or concerns can be directed to Rick Kelson from UGRC at