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The Maze- 6 Day Trip
- Apr 14, 2013 - Apr 19, 2013
- May 19, 2013 - May 24, 2013
- Oct 14, 2013 - Oct 19, 2013
Located in the most remote district of Canyonlands National Park, the Maze, unique in the world, was made famous by Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang. On our six day trip we’ll spend the day hiking into Horseshoe Canyon, home to the “Great Gallery” pictograph panel.
The vast open skies and magical rock formations are best appreciated from the saddle of your mountain bike. We begin at Hans Flat with incredible views of the many layers below. Over the next few days we will make our way down the Flint Trail to camp at the Maze Overlook. From here we will hike down into the convoluted canyons which give the Maze its name. Later we will ride to the Land of Standing Rocks, completing our journey with a ride along the Orange Cliffs.
The riding in the Maze includes rolling technical doubletrack. There is a 35 mile unsupported day. The route results in a net descent to finish on the shores of Lake Powell. The Maze is a true Canyon Country riding experience. Give us a call at 800-845-2453. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about this spectacular trip.
Western Spirit Cycling Adventures specializes in guided bike trips, both mountain and road. Whether you are looking for supported tours on singletrack, doubletrack or road you can use our trip finder page to discover your perfect biking experience. The Maze 6-Day tour is an intermediate guided mountain bike trip in Utah.
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The Maze- 6 Day Trip Itinerary
MEETING TIME AND PLACE
This trip will meet at 7:00am MST at Western Spirit, 478 Mill Creek Drive, Moab, Utah. You will need to spend the night before in Moab. We will be happy to pick you up at your hotel, please call us Mon-Fri, 9-5 to schedule your pickup. Muffins, scones, fruit and coffee will be served.
ENDING TIME AND PLACE
We will return to Western Spirit between 4:30-5:30 pm on the last day.
TRIP DAY 1
We will begin our tour with a shuttle to the Horseshoe Canyon area of the Maze District. Most of today will be spent hiking down into Horseshoe Canyon to see what many people believe to be the finest pictograph panel in North America, the Great Gallery. Archeologists believe that this Barrier Canyon style panel was done by nomadic hunter-gatherers known as the Archaic people and that it is thousands of years old. There are quite a few other interesting panels along the way. At the end of our hike, we will continue on to the Hans Flat Ranger Station and to our camp at North Point. From North Point, we will have an expansive view of the Maze area, although many of the intricate canyons are tucked behind a ridge line and will remain out of sight until we arrive at camp the next afternoon. The Maze District is the most remote region of Canyonlands National Park and the scenery is incredible. Our route over the next few days will take us around the rim of the Maze and include a hike down into this labyrinth of canyons. TOTAL MILEAGE - 7 miles hiking
TRIP DAY 2
Today's ride will begin along the mesa top and will include views of Cleopatra's Chair, Bagpipe Butte, the Land of Standing Rocks and more extensive views of the Maze. Next, we will descend the Flint Trail, an incredible example of early engineering. Blasted into the walls of a box canyon it descends nearly 1,000 feet in two miles making it an exciting, steep downhill. After this big descent, we will head out through Elaterite Basin where we will encounter some steep technical downhills before cruising through Big Water Canyon to the Maze Overlook. Here we will set up camp for the next two nights. On this awesome doubletrack ride we will pass beneath Panorama Point and contour around Horse Canyon. Our incredible view from camp includes the Chocolate Drops, the White Rim and Pete's Mesa. TOTAL MILEAGE - 27 miles
TRIP DAY 3
Today we'll take an all day hike into the Maze canyons. We will be carrying our lunch and water for the entire day. There are a number of routes from which to choose, all of which include some rock scrambling or "hands on hiking". We will be heading for the Harvest Scene, a pictograph panel of human figures that was painted by the Archaic people thousands of years ago. At the end of the day we will return to our camp at the Maze Overlook. TOTAL MILEAGE - 10+ miles hiking; 7-8 hours
TRIP DAY 4
From our camp at the Maze Overlook, we'll begin by riding back towards the Flint Trail. Today we will ride the steep downhills of Elaterite Basin in reverse. Then we'll swing around beneath Land's End and ride at the base of the Orange Cliffs until we get to Sunset Pass. After a fast two mile descent, we'll cruise through the Waterhole Flat area to our camp below Teapot Rock. From this camp we can hike down through the many hidden canyons which surround us. TOTAL MILEAGE - 28 miles
TRIP DAY 5
Today's out and back ride begins with some difficult and challenging technical miles in Teapot Canyon. Riders should use caution and many opt for the "walking the bike" technique in places. As we ride through Red Cove and the Fins, one can not help but appreciate the outstanding scenery. Out to the east lies Ernie's Country and many amazing sandstone formations. In front of us to the north is the spectacular Land of Standing Rocks. Here Lizard Rock, The Wall, The Plug, Standing Rock and Chimney Rock protrude from the ground to create a surreal landscape. After lunch and a bit of exploring we will head back to camp. TOTAL MILEAGE - 28 miles unsupported
TRIP DAY 6
Our last day of this tour takes us back through Waterhole Flat, underneath Gunsight Butte and on to Lake Powell. Though it is hidden from view, our course parallels the Colorado River as it cuts its way through Cataract Canyon, a favorite whitewater haunt of river rafters. The riding is quite fun and easy as we cruise along a hard packed dirt road, around numerous corners and past many slickrock pour off canyons. Although there are some climbs, the general trend is downhill. After several miles of cruising, the road opens up and enters a broad, open valley before ending just above Lake Powell. TOTAL MILEAGE - 35 miles
Road Surface: Four wheel drive jeep roads: packed sediment, ledges, sand and slickrock.
Technical Difficulty: Moderate with some difficult, rocky sections.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate, some long rides, not many big climbs and one unsupported day.
Altitude: 4,000 - 6,000 feet.
Please Note: Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Moab is located 30 miles south of Interstate 70 on Highway 191. We have a roomy parking area.
-Flying into Salt Lake City, UT
Airport Code: SLC
From Salt Lake City there are 2 options.
1) Rent a car and drive to Moab, it will take approximately 4 hours. You can park at our shop while you are on your tour.
2) Contact Moab Luxury Coach at 435-940-4212 to make a reservation. They have a limited schedule, so please contact them to find get rates and days they drive.
-Flying into Grand Junction, CO
Airport Code: GJT
From Grand Junction there are now 2 options.
1) Rent a car and drive to Moab, it will take approximately 2 hours. You can park at our shop while you are on your tour.
Thrify Car Rental has an office in Moab 435-259-7317.
2) Contact Moab Luxury Coach at 435-940-4212 to get rates and days that they drive.
-Flying into Moab
Great Lakes Aviation flies from Denver to Moab for $99 each way. They have two flights daily. Scheduled flight times and additional pricing can be found on their website. Or call 800-554-5111 to make a reservation.
For a shuttle from the Moab Airport into town call Coyote Shuttle at 435-259-8656, or Rising Star Taxi at 435-210-4438.
It is a good idea to book your rooms ahead and here are a few recommendations.
Best Western Canyonlands Inn
The Ramada is where the Bighorn Express shuttle from Salt Lake City stops.
Red Stone Inn
They have a bike work station with stand and bikes are allowed in your room.
Big Horn Lodge
$90 and up
Cali Cochitta B&B
Dream Keeper Inn
The Gonzo Inn
$160 and up
Up the Creek Campground
$25-30, $6 showers
Moab/Canyonlands Central Reservations
Central Reservations represents every variety of lodging in Moab and will help you choose the ideal room for you.
Above rates are approximate.
There are really just two kinds of weather: weather you like and weather you do not like. Come prepared for both and you won't care what the weather does.
If you have questions about temperatures for your specific trip please feel free to give us a call 800-845-2453 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to give you packing suggestions and help you with ideas for things to do before and after your bike trip.
PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP
You will receive a tour packing list with your tour confirmation package. Be sure to bring everything on this list. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable so be sure to bring all the warm clothing and rain gear listed! When you arrive for your tour, we will give you a dry bag in which to pack your gear. If you have questions about anything on the list, please call us.
SHIPPING YOUR BIKE
You are welcome to ship your bike to us in advance of your trip. For a moderate fee we will unpack it, build it, and ship it back home to you afterwords. Bikes can be insured to $4,000. Domestic shipping only. If you decide you want to go this route, you must call us in advance of your trip so we can inform the shop that your bike is on its way.
To ship your bike UPS, send it to Western Spirit Cycling, 478 Mill Creek Dr, Moab, UT 84532; 435-259-8732. It is critical that you include your name and tour date on the outside of the box. Check with your local UPS people for the number of days needed for it to arrive in time. There is no Saturday delivery to Moab. It is imperative to have your bike finely tuned and cleaned before your tour so you know it is in top running condition.
If you have any other questions about trip logistics, please feel free to send us an email or, better yet, to call us at 800-845-2453. We will be happy to try to help you answer any other questions you might have about our bike trips.
THINGS TO DO
The Moab Diner, 189 S. Main St - classic greasy spoon, great service
Jail House Café, 101 N. Main St - up scale menu w/ eggs Benedict and ginger pancakes
Red Rock Bakery, 74 S. Main St - fresh baked bagels, muffins, scones
The Peace Tree, 20 S. Main St - juice bar, smoothies, wraps
Slickrock Café, Main and Center St - full menu
Banditos Grill, 467 N. Main - great Mexican
Zax Woodfire Pizza, 96 S. Main - pizza, burgers, etc
The Center Café, 100 West, 435-259-4295 - award winning globally inspired cuisine
Buck's Grill House, 1393 Highway 191, 435-259-5201 - excellent steaks
The Desert Bistro, 92 E. Center, 435-259-0756 - great southwestern food
The books listed below can be purchased by calling Canyonlands Natural History Association at 800-840-8978 or checking out http://www.cnha.org/.
DESERT SOLITAIRE by Edward Abbey
This is the quintesenitial Abbey tale, and a thought provoking historical view of Moab.
THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG by Edward Abbey
This early tail of the environmental struggle is set in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park.
Your guides will have all the maps necessary for your trip. If you would like your own copy for a souvenir, here is all the info:
The maps listed below can also be purchased by calling Canyonlands Natural History Association at 800-840-8978 or checking out http://www.cnha.org/.
MOAB EAST, Latitude 40
This map covers many Moab area rides.
MOAB WEST, Latitude 40
This map covers the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK: Maze District/NE Glen Canyon NRA
National Geographic Trails Illustrated
This map covers the Maze.
For all rides we recommend the Moab East and West maps.
Gemini Bridges - a great 2-3 hour introductory ride which can be done with a shuttles, we recommend Acme Shuttle at 435-260-2534 or Coyote Shuttle at 435-259-8656.
Porcupine Rim - a more advance 3 to 6 hour 20-30 mile adventure that can also involve the shuttle companies above.
Amasa Back - Take the Kane Creek Road off Main Street by Burger King and head out along the Colorado River through the Moab Valley Portal. This ride is an out-and-back and can be fun even if you don't make it past the pavement.
Canyon Voyages, 800-773-6007 - whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Colorado River, including half-day, full-day, and multi-day options
Arches National Park, 435-719-2299, 5 miles North of Moab on Highway 191 - hike to the famous Delicate Arch (4 miles round trip) or explore the Windows section of the Park. Whether you have a hole day or just a few hours, Arches is worth the trip.
Other Hikes - There are literally hundreds of hikes in the Moab area, we recommend Negro Bill Canyon or Hidden Valley if you have some time to explore.
Main Street in Moab - Almost all of Moab's shops can be reached by strolling down Main Street. You can find everything from silver Navajo jewelry to toy lizards.