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Old 01-01-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Place near The Maze portion of Canyonlands NP in Utah?

I'd like to do some day hiking in the Maze portion of the Canyonlands National Park next year. I tow a sturdy 4x4 that can take me into the park and I'd like to stay as close to the Hans Flat ranger station at the west entrance as possible.

I'm driving a 35 foot class A, so the quality of roads is a concern. I've found openings at the campground in Goblin Valley Sate Park off of UT 24, but I'd like something a bit closer.

I'm only looking for the information about camping with a Class A near the Mazes section of Canyonlands.

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Old 01-09-2014, 10:48 AM   #2
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There are several campgrounds near Moab, that is as close as I know for a 35 ft. rv.

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Old 01-10-2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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I have been into Hans Flat and well beyond many times, but with a truck camper. My guess is that a 35' C might be tricky to take in to HF. Take your 4x4 in from GV or Hanksville first to check it out. Panorama Pt., Golden Stairs, Maze overlook, and the Dolls House are all, really magnificent. Another spot close by that I think is on an OK
road for your 35'r, atleast from Grn River to the N, is the Grand Panel in Horsethief Canyon. Places to dry camp & great hike and the best pictograph panel in the country.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:11 AM   #4
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Thanks & followup Q:

Thanks all; it looks like the best place for us will be Goblin Valley. And thanks for the heads up on the Pictographs in a portion of Canyonlands I'd not noticed before.

Now (if you all will allow me to warp this thread a bit) a question on hiking logistics, not RVs. Many of the features in the maze mentioned in the above threads appear to be outstanding destinations, but are any open to folks in our situation?

*We travel with our Greyhound Casey, a dog not allowed into the Maze area according to NPS rules.
*Casey will have to stay back in the RV in Goblin Valley (that's not so bad for her, she thinks of the whole thing as one big kennel anyway).
*Casey can be left on her own for 10 hours in the big kennel, no more.

Leaving from Goblin Valley in our 4X4, can we get to any of these spectacular areas in the Maze for a three hour day hike (factoring in 7 hour round trip commute)?

The pictograph section looks perfect, but we'd like to see more east of the ranger station.

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Old 01-14-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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Maze district

I'm guessing it will take less than an hour to drive your jeep from GV to the Horseshoe Canyon pictograph parking lot, and a bit longer to HF. The pictograph hike will take 3 - 4 hours rt and you won't want to rush it. The road beyond HF to Panorama Pt is rough, slow and spectacular. We have camped out there several times.

It may be that you could drive closer to HF and dry camp in the desert on BLM land, be more free to let Casey roam some, and shorten your commute.
In the park you can only camp at designated spots, and by reservation only.
To go from HF down the Flint Trail and out to the Maze Overlook would take 2+ hrs each way, and the hike from there down into the Maze at least 3 hrs rt. I'm also guessing that you might find that you can get a lot closer to HF with the Bounder to camp than you might imagine.
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