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The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, UT
+1 435-719-2313
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Very remote

Getting to this section of Canyon Lands can take up a lot of your time. We stayed in Moab and it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
PaGrandma
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pa
What a awe inspiring drive, inside and out of the NP Needles District!

We spent a day here, before going to Islands, the following day. The view approaching Needles... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ranles76
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Escondido
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This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“newspaper rock” (24 reviews)
“chesler park” (38 reviews)
“big spring” (17 reviews)
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Canyonlands National Park, UT
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"newspaper rock"
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"chesler park"
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"big spring"
in 17 reviews
"slickrock trail"
in 11 reviews
"joint trail"
in 12 reviews
"long drive"
in 16 reviews
"visitor center"
in 22 reviews
"cave spring"
in 14 reviews
"the main highway"
in 5 reviews
"experienced hikers"
in 3 reviews
"rock formations"
in 11 reviews
"mile hike"
in 11 reviews
"indian creek"
in 3 reviews
"paved road"
in 7 reviews
"longer hike"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
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"canyon overlook"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Getting to this section of Canyon Lands can take up a lot of your time. We stayed in Moab and it takes at least an hour and a half to get there. Trials here are either easy or very strenuous. Ended up doing 2 small...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a day here, before going to Islands, the following day. The view approaching Needles District are fabulous for 15 miles before you even get there. The Petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock are assessible to anyone, and free. The Visitor Center has a film, lots...More

Thank ranles76
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Needles district has some great hiking and is not as busy as the Island in the Sky district. The Rangers here are awesome! So helpful and friendly! They answered all of our questions, chatted with us, and really wanted us to enjoy the park....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second trip to the Needles and like the first, it just wasn't worth the drive when compared to other parks and areas in the region. The drive does take a long time. The rock formations and colors just don't meet others we've...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of Island In the Sky, Arches and Needles I would say Needles is my least favorite of the Moab area National Parks. It's a far drive (1.5 hours from Moab)... and there just aren't that many things to see. We did a couple short hikes...More

Thank SteveBTang
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first stop of the day was Newspaper Rock. This was a really easy stop with a very short walk to the rock. Utah 211 is an amazing road. It was difficult for me to keep my eyes on the road and not the scenery...More

1  Thank rwdw
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are some overlooks where you can see the surrounding canyon. There is the possibilities of several hikes but as we had only a limited time we didn't do any of them. Anyway, we were very happy of visiting this Park.

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Art first glance, there seems to be nothing worth seeing, but spend a few minutes as the sun and clouds change the landscape dramatically.

Thank mesatraveler
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Well worth the ride down into the canyon. Some easy, some more difficult hikes. Driving to Elephant Head is challenging as you keep your fingers crossed that you will not meet another car along very narrow stretches or blind curves.

1  Thank sycha
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Beautiful scenery. Reminded us of the Grand Canyon only smaller. The hikes were easy and the weather was just perfect.

1  Thank Tita T
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ZinnHouston
5 September 2016|
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Response from Andrew S F | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm... I was totally amazed by my experiences in Needles District. It was (as my Daughter promised) the most beautiful place I ever backpacked. I guess my review did not adequately express the quality of the experience... More
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Midwest-Sidhe
2 February 2016|
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Response from BGB166 | Reviewed this property |
I recall a couple of Jeeps at the end of the road about a half mile short of the Confluence Overlook, and I don't think either was a Wrangler. The shorter the wheelbase, the better. I believe a Renegade would be okay but... More
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26 June 2015|
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Response from BGB166 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delayed response. I have great respect for Subarus -- a few years back, I saw that the vehicle that made it farthest up the difficult track to Blanca Peak was a Subaru -- but the answer to your question... More
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