The Maze – Canyonlands National Park

This most remote district in the Park offers an ultimate escape from your everyday world.  Immerse yourself in the region where famous cattle rustlers and horse thieves such as Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch would hideout from the Law.

Surprise Valley Overlook, Dollhouse, Maze, Utah, USA

Fun intermediate desert mountain bike riding accented with dynamic hikes to some of the best examples of Ancestral Puebloan rock art in North America.  There’s so much to see in this vast and remote region of Canyonlands that we offer four different trips and we LOVE creating custom itineraries for Charter Groups!


Maze Classic 5-Day Tour
Treat your senses and challenge your riding skills on rugged terrain with technical descents, challenging climbs and miles of scenic cruising through a wild land of winding sandstone canyons, monolithic spires and expansive mesas.

Maze Tandem mountain biking

Maze Overlook hike

A ‘Must Do Trip’ for experienced desert riders!”  – Chuck & Judy,  UT

Discover a rich and long history of human existence found in The Maze.  From the Ancestral Puebloans to the Ranchers and Miners who worked the land since 1900’s barely eking out a living, they all left something in their passing – a contribution to the cultural richness of The Maze.

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ITINERARY DETAILS – Maze Classic 5-Day
Day 1
– Breakfast on your own. We’ll meet at 7am in Moab to load all personal gear on the 4×4 gear vehicle before we depart by van for Canyonlands (3+ hours). We’ll give a safety orientation before we begin cycling to our scenic camp for the night.
Ride 18-29 miles
Day 2 – After a delicious hearty breakfast, we’ll a pack a lunch and then go for a hike. We’ll follow a historic foot trail that leads to the Maze’s labyrinth of canyons and towers. We’ll see famous ancient rock art panels and gain an appreciation for the vastness of the terrain seen from our camp.
Hike 8-20 miles
Day 3 – We’ll ride challenging technical climbs and miles of cruising through scenic vistas in route to our next camp where we spend 2 nights.
Ride 22 miles
Day 4 – Plenty of Fresh Moab Coffee and delicious food will fuel our ride through Teapot Canyon towards The Land of the Standing Rocks. This will be a truly unforgettable day of riding and cultural sites to see along the way!
Ride 12-40  miles
Day 5 – We’ll ride a rolling route along the base of the incomparable Orange Cliffs. We’ll finish the ride, enjoy one more lunch together and meet our van for the trip back to Moab. We typically return to Moab by 6pm.
Ride 37 miles

ITINERARY CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR BY DISCRETION OF THE GROUP LEADERS.

Frequently asked questions...

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU? – Maze Classic 5-Day
Do I need previous mountain bike experience?  Yes, the terrain in the Maze is rough in spots and the area is very remote. This trip is suitable for fit intermediate to advanced riders. We give a complete orientation prior to the start of the ride. All of our Guides are experienced riders and great instructors – they enjoy teaching MTB skills and techniques that will enhance your safety and improve your ability on the mountain bike.
How many miles per day?  Ride 12-37 miles of riding on all days except Day 2 , which is a hike 8-20 miles of overland travel by foot.  Extra riding and hiking is available from camp for those who wish to extend their day.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?  The more fit you are when you start the trip directly equates to the less fatigued you’ll be at the end.  Mountain biking can be as strenuous or mellow as you make it – it all comes down to being in good general health, being accustomed to regular exercise and controlling your pace.  If you can ride at a comfortable pace for 3-6 hours at home you will do fine on the trip. Riding a mountain bike is fun!  Everyone rides at their own pace, so there is plenty of time for photos and relaxation.
Will I notice the altitude?  Most of our tour is between 4000’-6800’ above sea level.  If you live near sea level you may feel a slight difference – everyone adjusts at different rates.  Help your body adapt to the altitude and dry air by drinking plenty of water and eating salty foods – it is dry here, so plan to drink lots of water, salt your food and snack frequently.

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Maze Super Special 6-Day Tour
Fit adventurers with abundant energy enjoy this trip.  We combine more riding with more hiking to cover as much of this extremely remote region as possible in a 6‐day period.

Great Gallery rock art viewing

Maze Overlook bound“This is so freakin’ cool – you can see the whole Park from up here!” – Roseanne, CO

We’ll cover all the ground in our 5-day itinerary plus add a hike day into Horseshoe Canyon to see the famous Ancestral Puebloan rock art panels, and a day of riding/hiking on the High Spur to check out Panorama Point for stunning 360 views.

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ITINERARY – Maze Super Special 6-Day
Day 1
– Breakfast on your own. We’ll meet 7am in Moab to load all personal gear on the 4×4 gear vehicle before we depart by van for Canyonlands (3+ hrs) where our adventure begins with a day hike into Horseshoe Canyon – home of world famous “Barrier Canyon” style rock art panels including the Great Gallery with the Holly Ghost. After our hike, we have a brief van shuttle to Hans Flat Ranger Station where we’ll embark on a short ride to our first scenic layover camp at North Point.
Hike 4-6 miles   Bike 2-3 miles
Day 2 – After a delicious hearty breakfast, we’ll a pack a big lunch then head out for a full day of adventure!  Today’s ride is a scenic & challenging out-and-back ride on the High Spur accessing Panorama Point & Cleopatra’s Chair – one of the distant landmarks seen from the White Rim Trail. Between these two points of interest lay a rustic hiking trail that accesses more remote bird’s eye viewpoints looking into the Maze and Island in the Sky Districts of Canyonlands National Park.
Ride 23 miles   Hike 2-9 miles
Day 3 – Rested & ready! We’ll break camp after breakfast and ride south across Gordon Flats before we descend the infamous Flint Trail then into Big Water Canyon on our way out to the Maze Overlook where we’ll park our bikes and hike down a historic foot path that leads into Pictograph Canyon. A short and challenging hike will take us to the famous Harvest Scene rock art panel where you can peacefully contemplate the significance of these ancient images.
Ride 25 miles   Hike 4 miles
Day 4 – After another delicious breakfast, we’ll break camp and climb out of Big Water Canyon, ride across the base of the incomparable Orange Cliffs, stop for lunch, and then descend across Waterhole Flat to our final layover camp with fantastic views.
Ride 22-25 miles
Day 5 – Rested & ready again, we’ll pack lunches and ride deeper into the Maze through Upper Teapot Canyon towards The Land of the Standing Rocks. This will be a truly unforgettable day of riding with Historic Cowboy Camps & Ruins to see along the way!
Ride 12-40 miles   Hike 2-12 miles
Day 6 – We’ll ride a fast rolling route through several canyons and enjoy one more lunch together before we meet our van for the trip back to
Moab. We typically return by 7pm.
Ride 37 miles

ITINERARY CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR BY DISCRETION OF THE GROUP LEADERS.

Frequently asked questions...

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU? – Maze Super Special 6-Day
Do I need previous mountain bike experience?  Yes, the terrain in the Maze is rough in spots and the area is very remote. This trip is suitable for fit intermediate to advanced riders. We give a complete orientation prior to the start of the ride. All of our Guides are experienced riders and great instructors – they enjoy teaching MTB skills and techniques that will enhance your safety and improve your ability on the mountain bike.
How many miles per day?  This special biking and hiking itinerary has mileages ranging from 12-37 miles per day of riding and 2-12 miles of hiking.  Extra riding and hiking is available from camp for those who wish to extend their day.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?  The more fit you are when you start the trip directly equates to the less fatigued you’ll be at the end.  Mountain biking can be as strenuous or mellow as you make it – it all comes down to being in good general health, being accustomed to regular exercise and controlling your pace.  If you can ride at a comfortable pace for 3-6 hours at home you will do fine on the trip. Riding a mountain bike is fun!  Everyone rides at their own pace, so there is plenty of time for photos and relaxation.
Will I notice the altitude?  Most of our tour is between 4000’-6800’ above sea level.  If you live near sea level you may feel a slight difference – everyone adjusts at different rates.  Help your body adapt to the altitude and dry air by drinking plenty of water and eating salty foods – it is dry here, so plan to drink lots of water, salt your food and snack frequently.

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Maze-in-Depth 7-day Tour
If you’ve got the time, we’ll ride to more scenic viewpoints and hike more canyons in this extremely remote area of the Park.

Shot canyon hike

Maze Harvest Scene hike

I never imagined how massive these towers would feel once I was standing right here!”  – Anne, BC

On the theme of maximizing your experience, we created this extended itinerary for those interested in the full immersion in-depth tour of this remote & wondrous landscape!

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ITINERARY – Maze-in-Depth 7-day
Day 1
– Breakfast on your own. We’ll meet 7am in Moab to load all personal gear on the 4×4 gear vehicle before we depart by van for Canyonlands (3+ hrs) where our adventure begins with a day hike into Horseshoe Canyon – home of world famous “Barrier Canyon” style rock art panels including the Great Gallery with the Holly Ghost. After our hike, we have a brief van shuttle to Hans Flat Ranger Station where we’ll embark on a short ride to our first layover camp at North Point.
Ride 2-3 miles   Hike 4-6 miles
Day 2 – After a delicious hearty breakfast, we’ll a pack a big lunch then head out for a full day of adventure!  Today’s ride is a scenic & challenging out-and-back ride on the High Spur accessing Panorama Point & Cleopatra’s Chair – one of the distant landmarks seen from the White Rim Trail. Between these two points of interest lay a rustic hiking trail that accesses more remote bird’s eye viewpoints looking into the Maze and Island in the Sky Districts of Canyonlands National Park.
Ride 23 miles   Hike 2-9 miles
Day 3 – Rested & ready! We’ll break camp after breakfast and ride south across Gordon Flats before we descend the infamous Flint Trail on our to the Maze Overlook where we’ll park our bikes and hike down a historic foot path that leads into Pictograph Canyon. A short and challenging hike will take us to the famous Harvest Scene rock art panel where you can peacefully contemplate the significance of these ancient images.
Ride 25 miles   Hike 4 miles
Day 4 – After another delicious breakfast, we’ll break camp and climb out of Big Water Canyon, ride across the base of the incomparable Orange Cliffs, stop for lunch, and ultimately land at our next camp in The Land of Standing Rocks.
Ride 34 miles
Day 5 – Ahhhhh, another layover camp!  Your guides will lead the group on an epic day trip from camp to explore even deeper into the Maze.  This is an optional journey – you can opt to stay in camp for a rest and recovery day.
Ride 0-7 miles   Hike 0-12 miles
Day 6 – After another hearty breakfast we’ll ride through The Land of Standing Rocks and Teapot Canyon checking out points of interest in route.
Ride 25 miles   Hike 4-8 miles
Day 7 – We’ll ride a fast rolling route through several canyons and enjoy one more lunch together before we meet our van for the trip back to
Moab. We typically return by 7pm.
Ride 37 miles

ITINERARY CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR BY DISCRETION OF THE GROUP LEADERS.

Frequently asked questions...

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU? – Maze-in-Depth 7-day
Do I need previous mountain bike experience?  Yes, the terrain in the Maze is rough in spots and the area is very remote. This trip is suitable for fit intermediate to advanced riders. We give a complete orientation prior to the start of the ride. All of our Guides are experienced riders and great instructors – they enjoy teaching MTB skills and techniques that will enhance your safety and improve your ability on the mountain bike.
How many miles per day?  This special biking and hiking itinerary has mileages ranging from 12-37 miles per day of riding and 2-12 miles of hiking.  Extra riding and hiking is available from camp for those who wish to extend their day.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?  The more fit you are when you start the trip directly equates to the less fatigued you’ll be at the end.  Mountain biking can be as strenuous or mellow as you make it – it all comes down to being in good general health, being accustomed to regular exercise and controlling your pace.  If you can ride at a comfortable pace for 3-6 hours at home you will do fine on the trip. Riding a mountain bike is fun!  Everyone rides at their own pace, so there is plenty of time for photos and relaxation.
Will I notice the altitude?  Most of our tour is between 4000’-6800’ above sea level.  If you live near sea level you may feel a slight difference – everyone adjusts at different rates.  Help your body adapt to the altitude and dry air by drinking plenty of water and eating salty foods – it is dry here, so plan to drink lots of water, salt your food and snack frequently.

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Maze-in-Depth 8-day Tour
Seriously?!?  Yes, seriously.  Go deeper, stay longer, see more!  We can’t get enough of this place – there’s so much to share!

Harvest Scene up close

Water canyon hike

We’re ready for more – I wanna sleep in a Doll House big enough for me to stand up in!”  – John 6’6″, AZ

You’ll be entering one of the most secluded and inaccessible regions in the country – a wild land of winding sandstone canyons, monolithic spires and expansive mesas, fully immersed  for 8 days!

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ITINERARY – Maze-in-Depth 8-day
Day 1
– Breakfast on your own. We’ll meet 7am in Moab to load all personal gear on the 4×4 gear vehicle before we depart by van for Canyonlands (3+ hrs) where our adventure begins with a day hike into Horseshoe Canyon – home of world famous “Barrier Canyon” style rock art panels including the Great Gallery with the Holly Ghost. After our hike, we have a brief van shuttle to Hans Flat Ranger Station where we’ll embark on a short ride to our first scenic layover camp at North Point.
Ride 2-3 miles   Hike 4-6 miles
Day 2 – After a delicious hearty breakfast we’ll pack a lunch and head out for the day’s adventure. We’ll ride bikes to the end of the road and explore by foot to access more amazing view points to really embrace the vastness of this area.
Ride 0-6 miles   Hike 0-9 miles
Day 3 – We’ll ride point-to-point to our next camp at the Golden Stairs – a historic site with incredible views used by Rustlers & Ranchers to access the Land of Standing Rocks by foot.
Ride 23 miles
Day 4 – LayOver camp – packing a lunch, we’ll ride to the Maze Overlook, explore by foot and return by bike to our layover camp. This is an out-and-back journey that is not mandatory – you can opt to stay in camp for a rest and recovery day if you wish. Ride 0-26 miles   Hike 0-6 miles
Day 5 – We’ll ride to our next campsite – the Dolls House – practicing our advanced MTB skills through the infamous Teapot Canyon along the way.
Ride 28 miles
Day 6 – LayOver Camp – from our campsite in the Dolls House, we’ll lead a hike exploring the area and potentially going as far as dropping all the way down to Spanish Bottom on the CO River or all the way out to a point overlooking the confluence of the Green & Colorado Rivers – the most remote vantage point for this river confluence.
Hike 0-12 miles
Day 7 – After another hearty breakfast we’ll ride through The Land of Standing Rocks and Teapot Canyon checking out points of interest in route.
Ride 17 miles   Hike 0-5 miles
Day 8 – We’ll ride a fast rolling route through several canyons and enjoy one more lunch together before we meet our van for the trip back to
Moab. We typically return by 7pm.
Ride 34 miles

ITINERARY CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR BY DISCRETION OF THE GROUP LEADERS.

Frequently asked questions...

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU? – Maze-in-Depth 8-day
Do I need previous mountain bike experience?  Yes, the terrain in the Maze is rough in spots and the area is very remote. This trip is suitable for fit intermediate to advanced riders. We give a complete orientation prior to the start of the ride. All of our Guides are experienced riders and great instructors – they enjoy teaching MTB skills and techniques that will enhance your safety and improve your ability on the mountain bike.
How many miles per day?  This special biking and hiking itinerary has mileages ranging from 12-42 miles per day of riding and 2-12 miles of hiking.  Extra riding and hiking is available from camp for those who wish to extend their day.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?  The more fit you are when you start the trip directly equates to the less fatigued you’ll be at the end.  Mountain biking can be as strenuous or mellow as you make it – it all comes down to being in good general health, being accustomed to regular exercise and controlling your pace.  If you can ride at a comfortable pace for 3-6 hours at home you will do fine on the trip. Riding a mountain bike is fun!  Everyone rides at their own pace, so there is plenty of time for photos and relaxation.
Will I notice the altitude?  Most of our tour is between 4000’-6800’ above sea level.  If you live near sea level you may feel a slight difference – everyone adjusts at different rates.  Help your body adapt to the altitude and dry air by drinking plenty of water and eating salty foods – it is dry here, so plan to drink lots of water, salt your food and snack frequently.

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Maze CHARTER Trips
You name your date window.  You invite your friends.  Then, we build a custom itinerary that suits your skill and interests while maximizing your experience in the Park.

Happy group finishing a Maze trip

” Let’s get creative, see something new, and live outside for a week in The Maze!   – Magpie, UT

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