Four-Wheel-Drive Roads in the Maze

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This film will help you prepare for your backcountry technical four wheel drive trip at Canyonlands National Park. Helpful tips and advice provided in this video will help you plan your trip and Leave No Trace while out in these pristine areas.

a jeep driving over a pile of rocks
The road between Teapot camp and Land of Standing Rocks is considered very difficult in all conditions.

NPS/Neal Herbert

Four-wheel-drive roads in The Maze are extremely remote, very difficult, present considerable risk of vehicle damage, and should not be attempted by inexperienced drivers.

Things to know

  • Four-wheel-drive vehicles, motorbikes, and bicycles are allowed in The Maze.
  • Your vehicle must have high-clearance, four-wheel drive (low range) in The Maze.
  • ATVs, UTVs, and OHVs are prohibited.
  • We do not recommend trailers due to the severity of the road and the likelihood of damage to trailers and park resources.
  • Vehicles (or a combination of vehicles and trailers) that exceed 21 feet in overall length are prohibited from traveling on Teapot Rock four-wheel-drive road north of the Teapot Rock campsite in The Maze District.
  • All vehicles, bikes, and e-bikes must remain on designated roads.
  • All vehicles and motorcycles must be registered and operated by a licensed driver. Motorcycles 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.
  • Groups must provide their own cleanable, reusable toilet system.

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 Rock campsite and the Land of Standing Rocks is considered very difficult under any conditions and involves considerable risk of vehicle damage.

Be Prepared

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!

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 $1,500.

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. 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 or pit toilets.

Campsite Name Miles from Hans Flat Ranger Station Drive Time from Hans Flat Ranger Station Number of Sites
Chimney Rock 39

5+ hours


Cleopatra's Chair 13

2 hours


Doll House 41

6+ hours


Ekker Butte 35

4+ hours


Flint Seep 12

1 hour


Golden Stairs 21

1.5 hours


Happy Canyon 16

1 hour


High Spur 10

45 minutes


Maze Overlook 34

3+ hours


Millard Canyon 45

6 hours


North Point 2.5

30 minutes


Panorama Point 12

2 hours


Standing Rock 38

5 hours


Sunset Pass 28

2.5 hours


Teapot Rock 27

3 hours


The Neck 18

1 hour


The Wall 36

5 hours


Last updated: January 19, 2024

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