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Beehive Arch Maze District Canyonlands NP, UT

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Distance One Way 0.69 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,118 feet
Elevation Gain 115 feet
Accumulated Gain 115 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.07
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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13  2017-10-01 Steph_and_Blake
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 61
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Trips 176 map ( 751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:01am - 6:28pm
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Bee-fitting the Bee-utiful Bee-hive State
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The hike to Beehive Arch begins at the trailhead for the Colorado and Green Rivers Overlook, near Doll House #1 and #2 campsites. The hiking is easy with the cairned trail alternating between soft sand and some slickrock. The short hike passes through the western side of the unusual Doll House rock formations with little elevation gain or loss and, along the way, you're given great views to the north and east. Once you reach a fairly level, broad expanse of sandstone (in about 25 minutes) you can see Beehive Arch up ahead and to the left. Drop down off the slickrock on the left to follow the cairns and you'll shortly be looking up at the arch on your right. For the best photos, though, I suggest continuing past the arch and scrambling up on the right to get to the other side. Return by retracing your steps.

From Beehive Arch you can continue on the trail to hike to the Colorado and Green Rivers Overlook (a total of 8.9 miles roundtrip). Furthermore, you could extend the hike by, after checking out the Overlook, retracing your steps to pick up the spur trail that connects the Overlook Trail and Water Canyon/Shot Canyon. You could hike up either Shot Canyon (easier and more scenic) or Water Canyon (less scenic and has an exposed climb at the end) to Chimney Rock campsite.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
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Canyonlands National Park
Vehicles: $10 (Good for 7 days)

Map Drive
Strictly 4x4

To hike
Heading north on Highway 95 from either Blanding or Mexican Hat, take the turnoff for Hike. Top off your gas tank there. Get back on Highway 95, heading north towards Hanksville. Almost immediately after crossing the Colorado River, take a hard right onto Route 633. Take this road for about 53 miles to the parking area, on the left, right before the sign for Doll House #1 and #2 camping areas. The drive from Hite to the Doll House takes about 4:45 hours and requires a high-clearance, 4x4 vehicle and, at times, rather technical driving skills. A permit is required to camp in the Maze. The usual National Park fees are applicable.
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