The Flint Trail Switchbacks


MOAB, UT — OCTOBER 2015: The only way to get from the top of the Orange Cliffs down into the Maze by vehicle is to descend a series of steep and winding switchbacks on a segment of the Flint Trail. Once an access route for cowboys moving cattle down “Under the Ledge,” the narrow dirt path winds between the rocks along cliff walls. The steepest part makes a descent of 800 feet in less than a mile. The trail is so tight in spots that there is only room for one vehicle — it is critical to ensure that no one is coming up before starting down. The terrain is rocky, but not difficult to drive under normal conditions. It can, however, be treacherous when wet, and should not be attempted until it has dried back out. Views across the canyon floor during the descent are spectacular and provide a “first taste” of the magical vistas to come.

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