This volume is all about the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. The Maze is the most remote and isolated of the three park districts. The Park Service only allows a limited number of people into the Maze at one time. There are no services, no paved roads, not potable water, no nothing in the Maze, except absolutely fantastic rock formations and scenery. You have to pack out everything you take in, including your poop. If you are planning a trip to the Maze, I suggest a high clearance 4WD vehicle, some technical driving skill, and everything else you would need to be completely self sufficient for the duration (especially water and beer).
Trip to the Dollhouse - Oct 8-10, 2010
My good friend Scott invited Stephanie and me on a Maze trip for his birthday. He didn't have to ask twice. We drove to Moab, rented a jeep, and away we went. Our destination: the Dollhouse, a unique Cedar Mesa Sandstone formation on the eastern side of the Maze District near the Colorado River.
Moab to Panorama Point - We took U.S. Hwy 191 out of Moab to I-70 through Green River and then turned south on Utah 24. After about 24 miles we turned onto Lower San Rafael Road (County 1010) and followed it for about 50 dusty miles to Hans Flat Ranger Station. After checking in we made a detour to Cleopatra's Chair and then went on to Panorama Point and our first campsite.
Into the Maze
A little technical driving
Even more four-wheeling
Land of Standing Rocks - Relatively flat terrain in the center of the Maze District containing hoodoos, fins, and monolithic rock formations. The road to the Dollhouse passes through this section.
The Dollhouse - It took about 7 or 8 hours to get to the Dollhouse from Panorama Point
Surprise Valley Overlook Trail - This is a one and a half mile trail leading from the Dollhouse to an overlook of Surprise Valley and some Ancetral Puebloan granaries.
On the Way Out
Last Campfire (no audio)
Trip to the Chocolate Drops and Harvest Scene Pictographs Oct 7-10. 2011
I had such a good time on my first trip into the Maze that when Scott invited me on a second trip I naturally accepted. This trip was once again on his birthday. This time we were headed for the Chocolate Drops, a series of very thin Organ Rock Shale fins on the rim of a bowl shaped canyon - good for many Kodak moments.
Moab to Maze Overlook Campground
Hike to Harvest Scene Pictographs - Harvest Scene is a panel of very striking Ancestral Puebloan pictographs that few people are priviledged to see because of their remoteness. I am now one of those few priviledged people.
On to the next Campsite
Time to head home
My thanks to Mary von Koch for some of the photos and videos.
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