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4WD Roads in the Maze

photo: The road between Teapot camp and the Land of Standing Rocks is considered very difficult under any conditions
The road between Teapot camp and the Land of Standing Rocks is considered very difficult under any conditions
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Four-wheel-drive roads in the Maze are extremely difficult, present considerable risk of vehicle damage, and should not be attempted by inexperienced drivers. A high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle is required for all Maze backcountry roads.

If you plan to enjoy Maze's 4WD roads, please be aware of the following:

  • All vehicles and bikes must remain on designated roads.
  • ATVs, UTVs, and OHVs are not permitted. Motorbikes must be highway-legal.
  • All vehicles must be registerd and operated by a licensed driver.
  • Permits are required for all overnight trips in the backcountry.

The most commonly used road in the Maze is the Flint Trail, which traverses slopes of clay that are extremely slippery when wet. The Flint Trail is often closed during winter. The road between Teapot camp and the Land of Standing Rocks is considered very difficult under any conditions and involves considerable risk of vehicle damage.

Four-wheel drivers should be prepared to make basic road or vehicle repairs and should carry the following items:

• At least one full-size spare tire
• Extra gas
• Extra water
• Shovel
• High-lift jack
• Chains for all four tires (especially October through April)

Drive Carefully!
Towing charges are very expensive. Visitors caught in the backcountry with disabled vehicles can expect towing fees in excess of $1,000.

Vehicle Campsites
Permits are required for overnight trips. Four-wheel-drive vehicle and mountain bike groups stay in designated sites. Each campsite will accommodate up to 9 people and 3 vehicles. Flint Seep will accommodate groups of 16 people and 5 vehicles. Groups must provide their own cleanable, reusable toilet system. The sites do not have picnic tables.

Campsite
Name
Driving Time from Hans Flat Number
of Sites

Chimney Rock

5+ hours

1

Cleopatra's Chair

2 hours

1

Doll House

6+ hours

3

Ekker Butte

4+ hours

1

Flint Seep

1 hour

1

Golden Stairs

1.5 hours

1

Happy Canyon

1 hour

1

High Spur

45 minutes

1

Maze Overlook

3+ hours

2

Millard Canyon

6 hours

1

North Point

30 minutes

1

Panorama Point

2 hours

1

Standing Rock

5 hours

1

Sunset Pass

2.5 hours

1

Teapot Rock

3 hours

1

The Neck

1 hour

1

The Wall

5 hours

1

Did You Know?

Biological Soil Crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...