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|Chimney Rock, the Maze, Canyonlands National Park
The Maze District is the wildest and most rugged
of the three districts in Canyonlands National
Park. Traveled only by 3% of visitors to the Park, it is
one of the most remote backcountry destinations in the
contiguous United States. This panorama was created at
dusk, a short distance from Chimney Rock, seen at the back
against the bright Western horizon.
The roads are so difficult that reaching Chimney Rock requires 8 hours of driving from Moab with an expedition-grade four-wheel drive vehicle, although it is less than 40 miles as the crow flies. Looking at Shot Canyon from above, it is hard to imagine that it was grazed by livestock in the early 1900s. Because of the remoteness, unforgiving desert environment, and ease of getting lost, Backpacker magazine recently ranked the Maze as the most dangerous hike in America.