Maze Overlook Trail

Hanksville, Utah

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There is no better place in Canyonlands to view the incredibly rugged expanse of the Maze than the Maze Overlook. The loneliness and serenity of this point, combined with the tortuously etched canyons below make it one of the grandest panoramas in the park. The five-mile stretch of land between the overlook and the Green River is an amazing work of art, tenaciously sculpted by eons of rainwater searching for a way to the sea. Given enough time almost anything is possible, but it has taken the forces of nature an unimaginable length of time to produce this scene. They began by washing away thousands of vertical feet of sedimentary rock that had been deposited during earlier times to get down to the layer of ancient sandstone that we now call the Cedar Mesa Formation. The excavation of the massive overburden is almost complete now, but here and there one can still see isolated pinnacles of the reddish-brown mudstone that once covered the Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The lonely outcroppings rise above the barren slickrock landscape like weary soldiers who have somehow survived an epic battle.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

There is no better place in Canyonlands to view the incredibly rugged expanse of the Maze than the Maze Overlook. The loneliness and serenity of this point, combined with the tortuously etched canyons below make it one of the grandest panoramas in the park. The five-mile stretch of land between the overlook and the Green River is an amazing work of art, tenaciously sculpted by eons of rainwater searching for a way to the sea. Given enough time almost anything is possible, but it has taken the forces of nature an unimaginable length of time to produce this scene.

They began by washing away thousands of vertical feet of sedimentary rock that had been deposited during earlier times to get down to the layer of ancient sandstone that we now call the Cedar Mesa Formation. The excavation of the massive overburden is almost complete now, but here and there one can still see isolated pinnacles of the reddish-brown mudstone that once covered the Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The lonely outcroppings rise above the barren slickrock landscape like weary soldiers who have somehow survived an epic battle.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 580 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,160 feet
Top Elevation: 5,160 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Elaterite Basin, Spanish Bottom
Driving Directions: Directions to Maze Overlook Trail

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