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The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, UT
+1 435-719-2313
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Remote and beautiful

I don't know that anything will ever blow the Grand Canyon away. But the Needles have their own... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jarrell, Texas
Blows the Grand Canyon away

You must know that it is a good drive from either Moab or Blanding to the Needles portion of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa A
Bloomington, Indiana
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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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Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank mdiv2001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

3  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The scenery here is very different from the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park. Here areas are more arid. Ensure you stop to see Newspaper Rock on the way into the Park. Helpful rangers st the Information Centre suggested 3 walks for...More

Thank johncb7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove the 34+ miles to the end of the park road. Took about a hour one way. Visitor Center closed at 4pm. Sights were nice but not what I expected. The truth is you need to hike when you get to the end (I...More

Thank Utah-Indy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're planning a trip to Moab and Canyonlands, be sure to plan an extra day to include the Needles District at the south end of the park. Although it takes some time to get there (a good hour and a half from Moab), one...More

Thank Rodney B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a long way in but the views and some of the hikes are worth the drive. Stop at the visitor center to choose what you want to do. Slickrock trail is easy and not too long and there are great views. Even if you...More

Thank L M
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The least crowded and most fun of the multiple National Parks in the area. A nice variety of trails for users of all abilities, gorgeous rock formations, nice Visitor's Center.

Thank CrisCandDaveL
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Having only visited Island in the Sky before we planned to spend longer in Moab on this trip so that we could visit The Needles. It isn't as rugged or spectacular as IitS but it has some very good hikes and the rangers are really...More

2  Thank Chris C
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We drove to Elephant Hill and parked our car there. From there we did the hike to Chesler park. It was stunning! The views never ceased to be beautiful and the cairns clearly marked the route. The 6 mile hike took us about 4 hours...More

1  Thank Ruud51
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I have always thought of the Needles as life-changing and spectacular...due to hiking to Chesler Park, etc. Why did you not think the same?
5 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
Is a Jeep Renegade good enough or do we need to get a Wrangler?
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
can the road be driven by a subaru or do you need something like a jeep?
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