Getting Started

Anyone wanting to use the AGRC imagery and base map services from Discover needs to create a free account and receive a quad-word connection link.

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Choose the Right Form

To obtain access to Discover you will need to fill out one of the following forms (A or B)

  1. If your organization is one of Utah’s cities, counties, special districts, state agencies, K-12/Higher education, tribes or are a contractor and formal partner of one of these organizations you are covered by our license agreement to access imagery provided by Google on Discover. Please fill out and understand the Organizational Usage Agreement Form to obtain access. To read more about the license visit the Google Imagery License page.
  2. If you are not part of one of the organizations listed above you should fill out the Discover Server Access form to get access to all of the non-licensed base maps and imagery services.

Once either form is completed you will receive information about the services and URL links to access the Discover server. Please only fill out one.

Get Connected

The URLs to access the server will contain a quad-word (ex. unique to each user or organization. Discover is able to serve many different clients by exposing OGC compliant WMS, WMTS, and direct tile access services.

Example Discover URL Templates
  • WMS:{quad-word}/wms
  • WMTS:{quad-word}/wmts/1.0.0/WMTSCapabilities.xml
  • Tiles:{quad-word}/tiles/{service}/{z}/{x}/{y}

AGRC has compiled resources to help you successfully use the Discover server. You can find in depth information about the following on the discover resource page.

If you are looking for imagery downloads, navigate to the aerial photography section of the data pages.

Available Services

  • Utah – Combination of the most recent 1-meter NAIP and 6-inch Google imagery with scale dependent rendering (licensed)
  • Google – 6-inch statewide natural color aerial photography from Google collected within the last 3 years (licensed)
  • Google {year}archive – Aerial photography blocks updated in Google service and archived by acquisition year (licensed)
    • Available Years: 2011 - 2016
  • Basemap-Address_Points – Base map of address point locations
  • Basemap-Hybrid - Base map combination of the Overlay base map and Utah imagery service (licensed)
  • Basemap-Lite – Base map of hillshade, HWYs/streets, cities, boundaries, etc. (gray, muted tone)
  • Basemap-Overlay – Base map of vector features HWYs/streets, cities, address points, parcels, etc. (transparent background)
  • Basemap-Terrain – Base map of hillshade, HWYS/streets, parks, forests, water, etc.
  • Basemap-Topo – Base map of USGS topographic maps
  • DOQ 1990s BW – 1-meter statewide black & white aerial photography collected in 1990’s
  • HRO 2012 RGB – 12.5-cm natural color aerial photography collected in 2012 of the Wasatch Front
  • NAIP {year} RGB – 1-meter statewide natural color aerial photography
    • Available Years: 2006 2009 2011 2014 2016
  • NAIP {year} NRG – 1-meter statewide color infrared aerial photography
    • Available Years: 2006 2011 2014 2016
  • Hillshade – 10 meter statewide combined hillshade and slope

Best Practices


The image below depicts:

  • A Heat Map of where the Discover services are being used.
  • The most popular services on Discover.
  • The trendline of total requests to Discover per day.
  • A list of available imagery and base map services.