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The Maze District  

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The Maze District contains fantastic first ascent opportunities. At present, the more well known rock climbing destinations in the region are the Land of Standing Rocks, Elaterite Butte, Turks Head, and Cleopatra's Chair. However, this is by no means comprehensive.

Getting There 

Approach to The Maze is from State Highway 24 between Hanksville and I-70. Turn east on an unmarked dirt road 0.5 miles south of the marked entrance to Goblin Valley State Park. At the beginning of this road you will see mileage information for the Hans Flat ranger station. (Which if I remember correctly is 46 miles from Highway 24.) The road to the ranger station is an easily negotiated road for almost all vehicles during dry weather. However, the road leading into The Maze beyond the ranger station should only be negotiated by 4WD vehicles. The distance to the remaining rock climbs vary depending on which rock is your destination. Enter The Maze District with plenty of supplies and gas, and be prepared for isolation. This same isolation will be your reward.It should be noted that there is an alternate route into The Maze District via a 4WD road that leads north of Hite Marina. Neither road is short nor easy.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.1 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Maze District:
Regular Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 500'   Cleopatra's Chair
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This picture is taken from the parking area, the route climbs the obvious chimney central in the photo.  The rappel is from the shaded cliff top right of center.

Regular Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0  UT : Moab Area : ... : Cleopatra's Chair
Arriving at the end of the road, with Cleopatra's Chair in front of you, the regular route is directly in front of you. Follow the obvious chimney. Listed are 4 pitches which are based on my judgement of rope drag. The route should be climbed using your best judgement. Pitch one:Follow the corner/ramp for about 40 feet to the base of the chimney.Pitch two:A wonderful, unique pitch! Sidestep through the chimney until you come to a two move section of climbing, then continue up to a sandy "sad...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of The Maze District Slideshow Add Photo
John Rosholt on the southern tip of Ekker Butte with the Maze in the background. May 1990
John Rosholt on the southern tip of Ekker Butte wi...
Overlooking the Colorado River from near the Doll House
Overlooking the Colorado River from near the Doll ...
The Doll House
The Doll House
The Chocolate Drops, from the East Fork of the South Fork of Horse Canyon.  This was taken about 1/4 mile north of the Harvest Scene.  If you look closely, you can see the trail going up the left wall. <br />Seriously.
The Chocolate Drops, from the East Fork of the Sou...
Returning from another probe...
Returning from another probe...
Land of standing rocks
Land of standing rocks
View of the Maze from near the Maze Overlook.
View of the Maze from near the Maze Overlook.
The intense portion of the Harvest Scene. Perhaps the finest pictograph panel on the Colorado Plateau.  Certainly rivaling those found in Horseshoe Canyon, in size and stature.  Life springing forth...
The intense portion of the Harvest Scene. Perhaps ...

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By Bill Duncan
From: Jamestown, CO
Mar 16, 2011
The road that heads north from just west of the bridge over Lake Powell, near Hite Marina (fuel!), is a good way to go. There are some bumpy sections for the first few miles, and then, about when you reach the Middle Finger Tower, the road improves and you can move much faster. 36 miles to the fork (veer right) that leads into the Maze. The road goes to hell at Teapot Rock. This used to be a full-on 4WD road building adventure, but has been tamed down in recent years. Still, not to be taken lightly. 56 miles one way to the Doll House from the time you left pavement. Unless you're down in the Maze, there is no water out here...nothing. It's really rocky and desolate and remote and wild and treacherous. Don't go here.