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Canyonlands National Park The Maze District

The Maze country west of the Colorado and Green rivers is Canyonlands at its wildest. It ranks as one of the most remote and inaccessible sections in the United States. there is the Maze itself, a perplexing jumble of canyons that has been described as a "30 square mile puzzle in sandstone." Beyond are the weirdly shaped towers, walls, buttes, and mesas of the Land of Standing Rocks, Ernies Country, The Doll House, and the Fins. People come to this wilderness of broken rock, little water, and stunted junipers and find intangible resources hard to find elsewhere: solitude, silence, and challenges demanding self-reliance. The 600 foot descent to the bottom of the Maze is a plunge into the heart of this country. Until the park was created few individuals had explored these canyons

Even today there are few visitors each year. Many come to see the ghostly figures painted on the walls of Hoseshoe Canyon, which were left by Indians at least 2,000 years ago. The haunting lifesize forms are considered among the finest examples of prehistoric rock art in the country. They are a fitting reminder of the otherworldly spirit of this region, where people come and go, but never stay. When visting take photgraphs, but leave no trace.

Exploring this part of Canyonlands National Park:

From Utah 24 or 95 take 2 and 4 wheel drive routes east to the Maze. No water is available in this area so come prepared ahead of time.

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