The Maze Trail

Green River, Utah 84525

The Maze Trail

The Maze Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, separated from the rest of the park by the Green and Colorado Rivers, is one of the most rugged and remote desert areas in the United States. As described above, just getting there requires seven bone rattling hours of driving across a narrow unimproved road, the last fourteen miles of which cannot be completed without a 4WD vehicle. To their credit, the National Park Service intends to preserve the remoteness, and there are no plans to improve the access road.

Indeed, there could hardly be a more appropriate preamble to an experience in the Maze than the long journey across the open desert required to reach it; the rugged canyon country’s isolation definitely adds its appeal. Many hikers complete the basic loop in one day, but spending an extra night in the canyons will allow you to include a side trip to the Maze Overlook, the best single place to see the Maze from above. Also, it would be a shame not to spend part of a day exploring a few side canyons before climbing back to the trailhead."

The Maze Trail Trip Reports

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10/29/2001
This is a great hike. Have done it both as a day trip and an overnight. Recommend the overnight. Saw no others once I was beyond the maze overlook area.
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Trail Information

Green River
Nearby City
13.5
Distance
1,560 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
8.5 hours
Duration
Spring, early summer, and fall
Season
5,460 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,460 feet
Top Elevation
Hans Flat Ranger Station, Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
Spanish Bottom (USGS), Elaterite Basin (USGS)
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