Unlike most National Parks, the Maze District of Canyonlands in Utah has no paved roads. You won't see any tour buses filled with visitors here. In fact, it has few roads at all -- it's mostly traversed by 4x4 trails. It's one of the most remote places in the Lower 48.
For most visitors, Canyonlands National Park means the Island in the Sky district, from which the remote Maze district is separated by the canyons of the Green River. It takes hours to drive between the two, including the final 46 miles on dirt road just to reach the Hans Flat Ranger Station. Even then, you're still not yet in the Park as you first have to traverse the Orange Cliffs Unit of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to enter the Park itself.
The Maze is the most remote and least visited unit of Canyonlands, and therefore requires a greater degree of self-sufficiency. Rarely do visitors spend less than three days in the Maze, and the area can easily absorb a week-long trip. We'd only see one ranger jeep, and one group of four mountain bikers in our four full days in The Maze. It's a place to bring lots of water, extra gas, and even spare parts for your vehicle.
We first visited The Maze in 2014 on a five-day 4x4 expedition with friends Marc and Karen, which we'll share with you in this episode of Grand Adventure.
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