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The Land of Standing Rocks is located well within the Maze District of the Canyonlands. One of the spires, Candlestick Spire (AKA Standing Rock) is visible for many miles, and can be seen from Grand View point and the Needles overlook. This area will provide a great deal of solitude and seclusion. There may be other folks about, but they are few and far between.

Getting There 

The best way to get to the Maze district is to use the road from near Hite Marina on lake Powell. You can get here from Hans Flat, but you end up driving many more (dirt) miles than you need to. Take the road that is about a mile west of the bridge over lake Powell. Drive north about 36 miles on a high clearance road. Note the nice spire about 10 miles down the road on the right. This is the Middle Finger Tower. Turn right at the obvious fork (left to Gunsight Butte, straight to Hans Flat). There may be signs here now. If you are looking at a topo map, this is the fork just south of Teapot Rock. This road turns into a full-on four-wheel-drive extravaganza right after Teapot Rock. I would suggest experience driving in the desert on wild high-clearance 4wd terrain. Make sure your truck is running well, and bring a repair kit, etc. Teapot Canyon is the canyon that formed the Big Drops in Cataract Canyon. Continue another 15 miles or so to the Land. Candlestick Spire (AKA Standing Rock) is the obvious thin spire right next to the road and there is a campsite at the base.

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Standing Rock of the Maze (AKA Candlestick Spire)

Standing Rock: Chortler's Joy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1 PG13  UT : Moab Area : ... : The Land of Standing Rocks
This route begins on the west side of Candlestick Spire. Climb a bit of A1 to get to the good bedding seam ledge. Traverse left (north) on the ledge to get to the base of a lovely offwidth chimney. Climb some 5.9 to the summit....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Part of The Harvest Scene, deep within the Maze
Part of The Harvest Scene, deep within the Maze
Chimney Rock at sunset
Chimney Rock at sunset
One of the standing rocks . . .
One of the standing rocks . . .
Candlestick Spire (Standing Rock).
Candlestick Spire (Standing Rock).
Standing Rock
Standing Rock

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