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Canyonlands National Park Maze District

This park's least-accessible corner is a desert wonderland. Our scouts visited in September and encountered mild temps and plentiful water. Access is simplest via a jet boat down the Colorado River.
  • A sandstone playground awaits in the Dolls House, 1,200 feet above the Colorado River. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • Fins of creamsicle-colored sandstone jut out from the desert on the Confluence Overlook Trail. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • An off-trail scramble leads to this dizzying overlook of the Green River slicing through 1,200 feet of sandstone.
  • Deeper into the Maze, you'll encounter narrow passageways and flaky rock layers as you scramble between canyons. Shown: The entrance to Water Canyon. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • Water is usually scarce around here, but recent rains provided huge pools for our scouts. Check with rangers before you go. (Photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • Trails are primitive around here. Exiting the top of Shot Canyon requires scrambling up loosely piled rock staircases. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • Another saucy spot: Our scouts found a handy rock pile to ease the descent into Pictograph Fork. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • Don't miss the Harvest Scene pictograph panel near the Maze Overlook; the paintings are thousands of years old. (Photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • This closeup on the Harvest Scene pictographs shows a figure with a tree growing from his finger. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
  • The Chocolate Drops are a classic Maze landmark; you'll see them from miles away. A tough scramble can get you from the bottom of Pictograph Fork to the base of the formation. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
A sandstone playground awaits in the Dolls House, 1,200 feet above the Colorado River. (photo: Rachel Zurer)
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A sandstone playground awaits in the Dolls House, 1,200 feet above the Colorado River. (photo: Rachel Zurer)

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