Orange Cliffs

Dirt road among mesas leads past sign for Glen Canyon boundary
Glen Canyon neighbors Canyonlands in the Orange Cliffs area

NPS/Emily Upchurch


The Orange Cliffs portion of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, bordered by Canyonlands National Park, is one of the most scenic areas of the Colorado Plateau region. This is dry desert country with an annual average precipitation of 5 - 9" (13 - 23 cm). Elevations vary from approximately 3700' to 7000' (1128 - 2134m) above sea level. Temperatures range from 110°F (43°C) in the summer to -20°F (-29°C) in the winter. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.


For your safety and the protection of this unique and fragile landscape, please follow all regulations.

  • All overnight backcountry use requires a permit AND a camping reservation. Reservation requests are handled only by Canyonlands National Park. Requests will be accepted ONLY by email. For further information, visit Canyonlands Backpacking page. Maximum stay is 14 nights. Vehicles campers must camp in designated sites. Backpackers must camp in designated zones. The only exception to this is the section south of Clearwater Canyon. Check bulletin boards or ranger stations for further information.
  • Groups size limits are 5 people for backpacking and 9 people/3 vehicles for vehicle campsites. There is one group site at Flint Seep which can accommodate up to 16 people and 5 vehicles.
  • All vehicles must stay on designated roadways. Mountain bikes are considered vehicles and are subject to all vehicle regulations including camping restrictions. All motor vehicles must be street legal with license plates. All operators must be licensed. ATV's are not permitted.
  • Wood fires are prohibited. In designated vehicle campsites, charcoal fires are allowed with a fire pan. Users must pack out all ash and unburned charcoal. No wood cutting or collecting is allowed.
  • Pets are NOT allowed in Canyonlands or the Orange Cliffs unit of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
  • The discharge of firearms, bows and arrows and similar devices, weapons, and fireworks are not allowed. Hunting is permitted in Glen Canyon, during hunting season, with proper license only.
  • Vehicle campers must provide and use a washable, reusable toilet system and must pack out all human & pet waste. Backpackers may dig a hole 6-8" (15-20 cm) deep 100 yards (91m) from water sources and archeological sites. Everyone must pack out toilet paper and other trash. It is illegal to place plastic bags or other containers contaminated with human waste in dumpsters or other trash receptacles.
  • Collecting artifacts, touching rock art, and disturbing or defacing archeological sites in any way is prohibited. Archeological sites are protected by law!


  • Stay on established roads and trails. Do not hike alone. Watch your step. Do not hike on cryptobiotic crust (the dark crusty growth on top of the sand).
  • Take plenty of drinking water. One gallon (4 liters) per person per day is recommended in summer months.
  • Watch for flash floods or other sudden weather changes.
  • Do not feed the animals. Be alert for poisonous snakes. Keep children nearby at all times. Do not leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
  • 20 - 30' (6 - 9m) of rope is recommended on the Maze Overlook Trail and on some other trails.
  • Purify all water taken from natural sources before drinking.

Getting Around

Get more information on travel and campgrounds on Canyonlands webpage for The Maze.

Approximate Mileages

  • Utah 95 to Waterhole Flat: 32 miles
  • Waterhole Flat to Flint Trail: 11 miles
  • Flint Trail to Hans Flat: 14 miles
  • Hite to SR24 via Flint Trail: 100 miles

General Road Conditions

Road conditions can change due to weather and other factors. Call Hans Flat Ranger Station at 435-719-2218 between 8 am and 2 pm for latest road conditions.

  • Junction to Waterhole Flat: two-wheel drive/high clearance
  • Waterhole Flat to Teapot Rock: moderate four-wheel drive
  • Teapot Rock to Doll House: difficult four-wheel drive
  • Flint Trail: difficult four-wheel drive
  • Flint Trail to Hans Flat: two-wheel drive/high clearance

Roads in this district are challenging and visitors must be prepared with the proper equipment to facilitate self-rescue. Carry extra supplies in case it takes a day or two for the road to dry out. Cell phone communication is not reliable. Rangers cannot winch vehicles out and commercial towing fees below the Flint Trail start at over $2,000.

Last updated: September 25, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040


928 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed. If you are having an emergency, call 911 or hail National Park Service on Marine Band 16.

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