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The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, UT
+1 435-719-2313
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Beautiful - but needed more time

The drive off of US Route 191 to the south rim of the park is beautiful. There are places along the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edison, New Jersey
Extended trip to National Parks and Monuments

We were excited to see the visitor center was open and the rangers were very helpful. We were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Spokane, United States
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This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive off of US Route 191 to the south rim of the park is beautiful. There are places along the way to stop and hike or take photos. The visitor’s center staff is very helpful. However at 2:00 pm they warned not to be...More

Thank P F B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were excited to see the visitor center was open and the rangers were very helpful. We were about to leave but found out that the sunset is usually very good, so we stayed an extra 45 minutes to witness an average sunset - you...More

Thank 323teda
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Wow - we are big fans and frequent travelers to the National Parks of the West, and the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah offers a secluded gem of trails, camping and outdoor adventuring worthy of the drive to find it. Located 34...More

Thank Doug R
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

But the Slickrock trail in The Needles was worth the 40 mile side trip which we did while traveling north to Moab. Indian Creek is just before The Needles, and is one of the premier destinations for rock climbers featuring mainly sandstone crack climbing in...More

Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Chesler Park Trail was a highlight of Needles. If we had more time, we would have done a longer hike but this six mile hike had great scenery, a chance to experience a slot canyon, great views...couldn't have asked for more.

3  Thank jodiesuek
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The Needles section of Canyonlands National Park is an awesome view of a canyon from the canyon. The 34 mile drive to the Visitor's Center offers spectacular scenery. Less crouds sweetens the experience. Do not miss Newspaper Rock on The way! Take a day and...More

1  Thank Dar K
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

If you've been to Arches or Canyonlands and found the crowds unbearable, then go to Needles. It's a smaller version granted, but it's much quieter and far more peaceful

Thank jarvo2001
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I don't know that anything will ever blow the Grand Canyon away. But the Needles have their own beauty, and the sheer distance means that crowds will never be a problem here. Know before you go that there are only a few short hikes here...More

3  Thank mdiv2001
Reviewed 8 June 2017

You must know that it is a good drive from either Moab or Blanding to the Needles portion of Canyonlands. But man is it worth it! There aren't many pull-offs but the ones they have are so interesting and beautiful. Plan to spend a whole...More

2  Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Considered by many to be the most beautiful district of Canyonlands National Park with its maze of canyons and colorful banded rock formations of all sorts, including the many closely clustered rock spires known as The Needles for which the district is named for, it...More

16  Thank Steve1362
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6 September 2016|
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
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
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