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, low range, four-wheel-drive vehicle is required for all Maze backcountry roads.
Things to know
- Four-wheel-drive vehicles, motorbikes, and bicycles are allowed in The Maze.
- ATVs, UTVs, and OHVs are not permitted.
- All vehicles and bikes must remain on roads.
- Your vehicle must have high-clearance, four-wheel drive (low range) in The Maze.
- All vehicles and motorbikes must be registered and operated by a licensed driver. Motorbikes must be equipped and licensed for interstate travel.
- Pets are not permitted, even in vehicles.
- Fires are not permitted.
- Roads may close intermittently due to poor driving conditions or weather. Read more about road conditions.
- Permits are required for all overnight trips in the backcountry.
The Flint Trail 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
- High-lift jack
- Chains for all four tires (especially October through April)
A high-clearance, low range, four-wheel-drive vehicle is required for all Maze backcountry roads. Towing charges are very expensive. Visitors caught in the backcountry with disabled vehicles can expect towing fees in excess of $1,000.
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. Trailers and motorcycles are considered vehicles for these group size limits. Groups must provide their own cleanable, reusable toilet system. The sites do not have picnic tables.