This rugged land of sandstone fins and "mazes" of canyons has purposely been left as a remote and primitive area. It's the western third of the park, located west of the Green and Colorado Rivers. You won't find any crowds, pavement, visitor center, drinking water, food, or other supplies here. There is a ranger station just outside the district, and a network of rough four-wheel-drive roads and primitive campgrounds. If you make it in, hiking trails and routes lead to additional scenic viewpoints and canyons. Getting here requires a suitable vehicle, backroad driving experience, maps, and emergency supplies. Also lots of water. Traveling here is an adventure rare in the "lower 48."

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Active and Adventure Review of Maze District

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Canyoneering,Day Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trekking and Backpacking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • You'll need a permit for camping, whether traveling by road or on foot. Most visitors to the Maze District spend three to seven nights here.
  • Land of the Standing Rocks in the heart of the district has many fine hiking trails and routes. One group of tall, rounded spires at road's end reminded early visitors of dolls and became known as the Doll House. On day hikes you can head to an overlook of the Green and Colorado River confluence, hike down to the Colorado River near Cataract Canyon, or visit the Harvest Scene pictographs.
  • The Orange Cliffs Unit of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on Canyonlands National Park's western boundary is administered under the same backcountry management plan and permit/reservation system.

Canyonlands National Park
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, Utah 84532
Parking: always open
Price: free

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-719-2313
Fax: 435-719-2300
Transportation: four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicle
Price Information: free
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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