Ekker Butte Maze district of Canyonlands National Park

4WD/Hiking Maze District $1250

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The Maze district of Canyonlands National Park holds a special significance in the hearts of the few people who have been there. Even today, it is a remote and difficult place to get to.

Holy Ghost Pictograph Canyonlands National ParkWe begin this interesting trip with a visit to Horseshoe Canyon and the Great Gallery archeological site, one of the most celebrated of all pictograph panels. Here, Archaic man has left many beautiful and mysterious life-size pictographs. These masterpieces of ancient North American rock art are a testament to a human presence in the canyons thousands of years ago. Read more here about this canyons archeology.

After hiking the Deadmans trail out of Horseshoe Canyon we set camp above Millard Canyon.  Sit quietly as the sun plays across the Windgate cliffs onto the White Rim canyons below.Guides prepare a delicious dinner, cowboy style, over coals in cast iron. Listen for the yelp of coyotes as the Milky Way steals the night.

High Spur slot canyonThe Maze is the Wild Bunch's country. Outlaws like Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid rustled cattle and hid-out near this part of the Robbers Roost. Hike into the High Spur, an extremely photogenic non-technical slot canyon, once frequented by the notorious outlaws.

Later that day, our high clearance 4x4 takes us down the switch-backs of the Flint Trail and across rugged Teapot Canyon for a camp in the Land of Standing Rocks.

Campchair overlooking the Maze in Canyonlands National ParkWe hike into the bottom of the Maze to the Harvest Scene pictograph panel early the next day. The twisting colorful canyons along the ridge to Pete's Mesa along with the Chocolate Drops makes this one of the greatest hikes in all of Canyonlands National Park. On our last night we’ll camp at the Doll House. A fantasy-land of sandstone pinnacles and spires where a camp chair, wholesome meal and cosmic sunset await.

The next morning after a short hike to an incredible view of the Colorado River we'll begin our journey home. Today our route will take us past Arch ridge, Sunset Pass and the Sewing Machine.

It's a big, wild, and beautiful country with much to see. A person could easily spend weeks exploring its hidden passages and mysterious canyons. Leaving the silent rocks you will feel a little stronger and a longing for this remote desert wilderness. Many of our guests add additional days to this itinerary for epic hikes, slot canyons, or to brave the rapids of Cataract Canyon.

Chocolate Drops from Pete's Mesa in the Maze District of Canyonlands

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Trip Details:

Toyota Landcruiser going through teapot canyonYour four-day Maze Expedition begins at 8:00 AM from the NAVTEC office in Moab. Please arrive at our office 15 minutes early. After 4 days in the Maze we return to our office at about 5:00 PM. Trip departure dates detailed below. All meals while on the tour are included. Contact us for Charter groups or special dates. Reservations required.

2016 Dates: Sunday Departures
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Times:
  • 8:00 AM -- departure from NAVTEC office
  • 5:00 PM -- approximate return to Moab on day 4
Cost: $1250/person + tax
Included:
  • National Park 4x4 tour
  • All meals while on the trip
  • Ice water, lemonade, and breakfast drinks
  • Parking available at the NAVTEC office
  • Pick-up from your motel or campground, if needed
  • Licensed experienced guide service
Not Included:
  • 45 minute scenic flight to Moab $134/person +tax
  • Soft drinks (bring your own -- we provide a cooler and ice)
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
  • Tent, sleeping bag, ground cloth or pad (rentals available)
What to bring:
  • Reusable water bottles (3 liters capacity)
  • Sturdy footwear for hiking
  • Light colored clothing
  • Rainsuit (both pant and jacket)
  • Change of cloths
  • Spring and Fall base layers: long johns, sweater, polartec, wool
  • Spring and Fall: warm hat, gloves, jacket
  • Shorts and t-shirt
  • Long sleeve shirt if you're sensitive to the sun
  • Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hat with a visor (a must for sun protection)
  • Sunglasses with securing strap
  • Camera, carried at own risk
  • Small day pack
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Toiletries, personal medicines, skin lotion, insect repellant
  • Camp cloths: t-shirt, long pants, socks, fleece jacket
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  • $100 per person deposit is required to confirm space on the trip. Your balance or final payment is due no less than 30 days prior to trip departure. Reservations made within 30 days of departure require payment in full when the trip is booked.
  • Cancellations made 31 or more days prior to departure receive a full refund less a $50 per person cancellation fee. Sorry no refunds within 30 days of departure WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
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