The Maze – Canyonlands Mountain Biking

Holiday’s Maze bike trip takes you into an impossibly beautiful landscape. Steep canyons step down across the desert in a tangle of white, pink, red, and orange sandstone. Pinnacles, buttes, and jagged mesas stretch out as far as you can see. This is rugged country. The first European explorers who encountered the Maze took long detours to avoid the network of sheer-walled canyons. But native people called this land home for millennia before that, leaving pictographs and granaries deep within the canyons. Wild, remote, and absolutely spectacular, this may be Utah’s ultimate multi-day bike trip.

Our professional guides will lead you on a ride that seems to drop off the edge of the world. Bike along double-track 4×4 roads with our support van following behind. Camp out on the edges of mesas with views that go forever. Explore Utah’s red rock desert on an active, human-powered vacation. This is the least-visited part of Canyonlands National Park, and it is strictly regulated to preserve its wilderness values. Group sizes are small and it’s not unusual to bike all day without even seeing another group. We offer the Maze bike trip in the spring and fall.

Read more about this aMAZEing region of Utah: check out our Insider’s Guide to the Maze.

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“Our group of college friends gets together every year for a reunion and this year’s trip in the Maze was exceptional. Every detail was thought out and the guides took care of everything. All we had to do was ride and enjoy each other’s company. Thank you for a great trip. The riding, the meals, the gear all top-notch.” (D. Mansfield)

Holiday is an authorized concessioner of Canyonlands National Park.  Additionally, (& more importantly) the Maze District was home to Indigenous people and cultures long before our modern society existed. Out of respect for these people, Holiday wishes to acknowledge that Cataract Canyon and the stretches of the Green and Colorado Rivers that approach it are the traditional homelands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) people. Read more about our land acknowledgments here.
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Trip Overview

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  • Location:

    Canyonlands National Park

  • Length:

    4 Days

  • Dates:

    May, September & October

  • Meet at:

    Green River, Utah @ 7:00 pm (night before the trip)

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  • Fully supported riding into hard-to-access terrain
  • Sheer vertical uplifts and plunging gorges
  • Earn the views and your delicious dinner
  • Solitude and exploration in a truly awesome landscape
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4 Day

  • Adult:
  • $1,165
  • Youth:
    18 and under
  • $1,165
  • Senior:
    65 and older
  • $1,165
  • Group:
    10 or more
  • $1,165
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  • May
  • 10, 17
  • September
  • 13
  • October
  • 1


The Maze bike trip covers approximately 80 miles of rugged desert terrain on the west side of Utah’s Green River. Starting from the Hans Flat Ranger Station, this trip could go a number of different ways, all of them spectacular. Ride down and east to the Maze Overlook or camp higher up in the Orange Cliffs Unit. Either way, you’ll encounter panoramic scenery, unique rock formations, and find plenty of spur roads to explore if you feel the need to add miles to your days. All trips gradually work their way south toward the place where the Colorado River feeds into Lake Powell, near the old Hite Marina.

Sample Itinerary

The night before your trip: please attend a brief pre-trip meeting at our base of operations in Green River, Utah. We’ll hand out any rental sleep kits, set up rental bikes, collect personal beverages, and inspect personal bikes. If you’re bringing your own bicycle please make sure that it is in good repair. We recommend getting it serviced by a professional shop before the trip. If your bike does not pass our inspection you will be asked to rent a Holiday bike for $205.00/person. You may also check out our store at this time (check out our packing checklist to see what we carry on-site).

Day 1:

Meet back at our warehouse early the next morning with your gear organized into a “day bag” and a “camp bag” to help us effectively organize the support van (our FAQs page has other packing tips). We’ll get settled in the vans for the 3-hour ride south to the Hans Flat Ranger Station, a remote National Park Service outpost and the Maze District headquarters. We’ll start riding from here, rolling along the edge of the Maze, catching glimpses of the canyons below through the pinyon and juniper trees. Pause for lunch and to stretch your legs at the Bagpipe Butte Overlook. Not far from there, we’ll take a sharp left turn and drop off the edge of the world, down the Flint Trail, and into the region the old-timers called “Under the Ledge”. Camp at the Golden Stairs. You’ll cover about 15 miles this first day, with options to ride out a couple of spur trails.

Day 2:

Start the day with coffee and eggs cooked to order, then ride downhill and around Elaterite Basin. It’s a short ride today, only 12 miles. The goal is to arrive at our camp at the Maze Overlook by lunch time, giving us the whole afternoon to hike into the Maze itself. Scramble down through layers of geologic time, using steps carved into the smooth rock surfaces. Hike through willows and cottonwoods at the bottom of the canyon and discover the Harvest Scene, a pictograph panel that may have been painted over 3,000 years ago. Hike back up in time for sunset over the Chocolate Drops.

Day 3:

Today we’ll ride back out the way we came, up the Golden Stairs and south to the base of Teapot Rock. After the initial climb out of camp, the riding is mostly rolling and downhill. Total miles for the day are approximately 20, with an option to add a 9-mile side ride to Sunset Pass. Tonight’s camp is in a slickrock alcove, with views of the La Sal Mountains far to the northeast.

Day 4:

This morning we’ll ride around the canyons that feed the rapids of lower Cataract Canyon. Stop at multiple overlooks and trace the shape of the canyon. Imagine the Colorado River far below, splashing and roaring over its rocks. The road here is well-graded, and the miles pass quickly as we gradually descend to Highway 95 and the Hite Bridge on the upper end of Lake Powell. 25 miles today. A 2-hour scenic drive will bring us back to Green River at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon.

Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary. The Maze is large and there are a number of routes we could take to explore different corners. The above is one possibility. We could also ride deeper into the Orange Cliffs Unit of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, check out Cleopatra’s Couch and Panorama Point, and camp at the Bowdie Canyon Overlook, right above the Colorado River.

Maze Mountain Biker Julian Springer

Any bike trip into the wilderness is changeable by nature. Trips may change based on the camp sites that we are assigned, weather, group size and interests, and other unforeseeable elements. We encourage you to plan on riding 15-30 miles each day, and to arrive with an open mind and a flexible attitude.

The Maze bike trip is the most technically challenging route we offer. This undeveloped dirt road includes rolling, technical doubletrack, steep uphills and downhills, loose rocks, sand, and ruts. The trip is roughly 80 miles long with many opportunities to do side-rides in addition to the main route. Riders with no off-road bicycling experience, or who are not athletic, will most likely find this trip difficult. All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip.


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 by Greg Netlund

I booked direct with Holiday...very smooth and organized! Used a rental bike - Specialized SJ in great condition! As always the guides (Jack, Ellie, and Rachel) were great! Attentive and Professional while also fun to be with! This was my 4th trip with Holiday and I did the 4 day Maze Bike trip in early October - 120 miles in 4 days with a wide variety of terrain including a couple of great climbs and downhills! The weather was perfect so I was able to sleep under the stars and Holiday delivered again on the food and the whole experience. Five Stars!

 by Mike Foley

I don't mean epic the way it is used in popular culture today, to mean cool, rad or any other diluted superlative that I may have missed. I mean it was a near heroic journey through awe worthy landscape accompanied by amazing and interesting people. Sam and Jack were pro-level riders, damn good cooks and good all-around guys. The other riders were great company and I really enjoyed spending 4 days with them. I wouldn't recommend this trip to those who are not in excellent condition and are near expert riders. There are a couple long, sketchy downhills that come at you pretty quickly. Oh, and I need Sam to give me the recipe for the pork medallions.

 by Richard Hall

Sam and Jack were great guides! Great trip! Thank you for accommodating this vegan so well!

 by Jim Clarke

Awesome guides, great food, incredible adventure!

 by Craig R Gasser

I can't think of anything that could be done to improve the experience. Without exception, Holiday exceeds my expectations. The guides make you feel like family. The food was delicious. Everything about the trip was planned and executed flawlessly. Thank you Holiday!

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