The Maze - 6 Day Trip

The Maze - 6 Day Trip

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 a 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 28 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 mountain biking experience. Give us a call at 800-845-2453. We'll tell you everything you need to know about this spectacular trip. The Maze 6-Day tour is an intermediate guided mountain bike trip in Utah.


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

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

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 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)

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

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

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 technically 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 the road opens up and enters a broad, open valley before ending just above Lake Powell. TOTAL MILEAGE: 35 miles

Ride Notes

Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.

Riding Surface: Four wheel drive jeep roads: packed sediment, ledges, sand and slickrock.

Overall Rating: Moderate/Intermediate

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

For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.

Location: Utah
Duration: 6 days
Ability: Intermediate
Price: $1325

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