The Maze Overlook

Hanksville, Utah

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The Maze District, located just west of the Colorado River, is Canyonlands National Park at its wildest. Its name conjures up striking images of convolute topography: dead-end canyons, twisted corridors, and sandstone hallways. The Maze is Nature’s jigsaw puzzle cut from sandstone. Few regions in Utah, if not the nation, are as remote and inaccessible. To some, the Maze is a stark and inhospitable land; to others, this hostile terrain sparks intrigue and offers many earthly pleasures—solitude, silence, and challenges of self-reliance—not found within the confines of civilization. Today recreationists visit the Maze to seek temporary liberation from urban lifestyles, but this area has a history of inhabitation by outlaws, ranchers, and miners. And long before modern cultures attempted a living or sought refuge in the Maze, ancient Native Americans prospered in the canyon bottoms. Ruins, artifacts, and rock art panels dispersed throughout the region are irreplaceable vestiges of these archaic peoples. Tread: Sand and rock doubletracks.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The Maze District, located just west of the Colorado River, is Canyonlands National Park at its wildest. Its name conjures up striking images of convolute topography: dead-end canyons, twisted corridors, and sandstone hallways. The Maze is Nature’s jigsaw puzzle cut from sandstone. Few regions in Utah, if not the nation, are as remote and inaccessible. To some, the Maze is a stark and inhospitable land; to others, this hostile terrain sparks intrigue and offers many earthly pleasures—solitude, silence, and challenges of self-reliance—not found within the confines of civilization.

Today recreationists visit the Maze to seek temporary liberation from urban lifestyles, but this area has a history of inhabitation by outlaws, ranchers, and miners. And long before modern cultures attempted a living or sought refuge in the Maze, ancient Native Americans prospered in the canyon bottoms. Ruins, artifacts, and rock art panels dispersed throughout the region are irreplaceable vestiges of these archaic peoples. Tread: Sand and rock doubletracks.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 23.5
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Trailhead Elevation: 6,040 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Maze District, 435-259-2652
Local Maps: USGS: Clearwater Canyon, Elaterite Butte, Spanish Bottom, and Teapot rock
Driving Directions: Directions to The Maze Overlook

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