The Maze

Offroad Trails in The Maze

A Region within Utah

A National Park rarely has numerous unmaintained dirt roads, let alone a true challenge for 4WD vehicles. While Canyonlands National Park offers plenty of hiking, sightseeing, and historical information, this incredible park is also an overlander's paradise. The Maze is all about rugged terrain with expansive views and world-class camping.

Starting at the outskirts of the park boundaries, it is clear that where you are heading is one of the most remote regions in the entire US. These easy dirt paths seem to go into the horizon and beyond, with no evidence of ever returning to civilization. Luckily, that IS the case for many of these roads.

The Maze has a handful of long trails and none of them are particularly easy. Expect slickrock faces and waterfalls, 1-2 foot shelves, and plenty of sand and loose rock surfaces begging to blow a tire. This area is so hazardous, in fact, that you must check in with the park rangers and show them your vehicle before you head in. They will tell you if you are allowed to enter or not, but put it this way: you WILL need A/T, R/T, or M/T tires and 4WD with low range.

If you are lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Maze, be sure to book your camping well in advance, as most of the sites get reserved months ahead of time. There is a reason for the madness, though, as this is likely some of the best camping in the country. Purely isolated, reserve-only designated sites are your only option within the park. However, if you have the fuel range, there are a few options that lie just outside of park boundaries on Poison Springs and Lower San Rafael Road.

If a bucket list trip is just what the doctor ordered, then this trip will surely be near the top of the list. Only a few can pull off such an incredible journey through this wild and scenic region of central Utah, but it will be one for the books.

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