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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "You need to reserve campsites well in advance on their event website and they can be very hard to get if you donít get them when the dates are released"

    Do we know when reservations open up for campsites? We should probably have a plan for which sites to go for once they open.

    Jim - any advice from your trip in this regard? How did you guys manage it?

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    Mountaineer01 previously posted:
    "Jim - any advice from your trip in this regard? How did you guys manage it?"

    Matt would be the best to ask - he tended the reservations and I just said "I'll be there with cash in hand".

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    I looked into it a bit this morning and went back through Jim's summary of the trip last year, and from what I can tell it should be all dispersed camping in the maze. I don't think we can reserve any sites, we just need to get the backcountry permit and hope we can find open campsites...

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    Check with Matt - it was my belief that only our fist night on Poison Springs Road was dispersed camping - the rest were "permit reserved".

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    There is no dispersed camping in the Maze, all campsites must be reserved thru the National park reservation system and they fill up quickly. Call Canyonlands National Park Maze district ranger station and theyíll tell you what you need to do! Or go to the nps website and do a little searching and youíll find the campsite reservation website. The rangers will ask you for your permits on the trail, you are required to have them printed out and signed and available on request!
    There is a ton of dispersed camping just outside of the park boundaries, however!
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    this is website to buy campsite permits for Canyonlands National Park.

    https://www.recreation.gov/permits/4675315
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    I remember telling you I donít want the money, Jim! But then you snuck it into my truck when I wasnít looking 🤣
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    So that link allows you to buy the backcountry permit, but when I go to canyonlands camping reservations on the NPS website, only Needles and Island in the Sky show up as options. I canít find anything for reserving camping in The Maze. Not sure what Iím missing here, do you have to call?

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    You may want to call to ask. It looks like they havenít made June available yet but itís not very clear
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    See link for when permits become available
    https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvis...trypermits.htm

    For June 10 and after, permit availability begins Feb 10
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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "But then you snuck it into my truck when I wasnít looking 🤣"

    EDIT: I thank you for getting the trip registered and the permits paid - you tended a task and it's just right to reimburse the expense. Thank you.


    `least I know you found it!

    It's a family "tradition" - sneaking cash to family members before departing - run out to the car and tuck it under a windshield wiper blade backing down the driveway, hiding some in luggage, hijacking (adult) kids to have them be "carriers" only to spring an envelope upon family at the end of a trip. ---`sall-goodman---

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    Our trip to the Maze is one of the highlights of my off-road life! I loved the campsites and the wheelin is moderate and amazingly beautiful. I would love to visit the Maze again, just not sure I wanna do the planning and all again since it is challenging to string together the open campsites and have commitments from friends to go along!
    Some things to keep in mind: only 3 vehicles are allowed to stay at any campsite so planning a larger group than 3 becomes very challenging to find and secure campsites in the same area. Our group was 3 of us because of this, I was not able to get 2 campsites near each other each night we went Ö. But I reserved the sites after they were picked over for a few weeks and had limited availability. It still ended up being epic!
    I took my Ram Powerwagon on this trip & would really enjoy taking my Jeep at some point for sure!
    I would much prefer to ascend the orange cliffs switchback versus descending itÖ.. which is what we did. Heading south on the Flint trail into the Maze will take you down the switchbacks, just something to consider.
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    I enjoyed the switchback ascent - it's somewhat like heading south into Ouray and wondering "where's the road - I know there's a road there somewhere".

    The Maze switchback ascent can be seen from a long way off and while there's a hint at a road on the face of the wall ahead - it's not overly clear.

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    I was able to get a hold of the ranger station today and figure out the campsite booking. We will need to go the webpage below to book the sites once booking opens for our dates on Feb 10th.

    https://www.recreation.gov/permits/4...ate=2022-12-28

    I think if we log on right at 8 AM, we will be able to have our pick of sites and can book two that are relatively close each night so we can support up to 6 vehicles. I think they only allow one permit per person so I can book for one of the permits and someone else (Mike?) can book for the other. We should have a route planned before Feb 10th so that we know exactly which sites we want to book.

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    The biggest challenge for me was getting people to commit months in advance. Luckily Jim wanted to go and Trent also did (no longer on the forum). A few others were interested but couldnít commit so I was worried about everyone bailing on meÖ.. but it ended up being an amazing trip!
    I canít commit to this now but as it gets closer and if you end up having a spot, I may join if the timing is right!
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    I think we have at least 3 committed right now, and a few maybes, so I we will definitely use one permit. I am ok with booking the other one even if we donít end up using it since they arenít too expensive so that others can join if they become available.

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    I am a solid maybe

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    What dates are we targeting now? I don't see them on the calendar
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    We settled on the weekend of June 17th, but not sure how long of a trip. Maybe Thursday-Tuesday? Do we need a whole week? I'm flexible but would like to be in the maze by Friday at the latest since the new moon is Saturday night. We should start planning a route and camp sites in the next couple of weeks so that we can book them on Feb 10th when booking opens for the summer.

    Mike - did you have anything specific in mind or a desire to do the planning? I don't mind stepping in to help but I don't want to step on your toes since you started the thread!

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    With the day off and rain outside (currently in San Diego) I did some research on this. It looks like there is only really one path to take (with some doubling back) to hit all the main spots in the Maze. This is what the blog that Mike first linked shows, and its also what the guys did last year per Jim's website summary. You could add a day or two with some more out and back trails, but I would suggest the following as a starting point:

    Day 1: Drive from CO to campground near Hanksville
    Day 2: Drive about 30 miles to Flint Seep campground (holds 5 cars, maybe not as scenic?) OR Happy Canyon and The Neck campgrounds (10 min apart)
    Day 3: Drive about 30 miles to Dollhouse 1&2 campsites

    Day 4: Drive about 40 miles to Maze Overlook 1&2 campsites

    Day 5: Drive to Moab via Flint Road to Hite

    Day 6: Drive to CO

    Jim and Matt, is there anything you would change from your trip? What about running it in reverse order?

    Anyone else feel free to add any input.

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