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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Phone Number: 435-719-2313
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This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows...

This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.

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Mini Grand Canyon (Southern Region)

The vast canyons divide the park into the Needles District and the Island in the Sky District. This huge canyon is the mini similar to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The story of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
Michelle G
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Lake Forest, California

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Lake Forest, California
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339 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 862 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

The vast canyons divide the park into the Needles District and the Island in the Sky District. This huge canyon is the mini similar to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The story of wind and water is written in the stone walls of the canyons. This is spectacular at sunset. Take the drive up to the Island in the Sky... More 

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silver spring
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279 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We loved our visit to The Needles. Great hikes and not a lot of other people around. From Moab, it's a long drive just to get to the netrance road and then a long (but beautiful) ride to the park entrance. From Monticello, it's closer, but the hotel and dining choices in Monticello are rather slim. Either way, it's a... More 

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1 Thank drbking
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This is a great place with fewer people. Unfortunately most of the fantastic views can only be seen through hiking. We are not hikers so did not attempt alot of the trails. If you are a hiker, this is definitely a great place for you.

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Salem, Oregon
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The trip to the Needles district of Canyonlands was such a nice change from the madness and crowds of Arches NP. Without a 4-wheel drive we couldn't get too close to view the Needles themselves, but GREAT drive (35 miles) west of Hwy 191 to the park. Did a small hike called Slickrock trail which was fantastic and a few... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Visiting The Needles in October is going to leave you with some of your fondest memories of any trip you've ever taken. You won't need a degree in geology to be fascinated by the varied layers of stone hundreds of feet high or the bands of color.

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South Jordan, Utah
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The best thing about this place is that there is a lot less of people here than Arches so if you like hiking and solitude this is the place to go hiking. And the sights are wonderful too.

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

We started our canyonlands national Park adventure in The Needles. We started in the visitor center and watch the short film about the area, then we were off to hike the various areas of the park. The views are spectacular and the hiking fairly easy because it's mostly on flat rock. I highly recommend visiting this part of the park.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

National Geographic rated the Elephant Hill to Druid Arch as the best day-hike in Canyonlands. We hiked it this week and I have to agree with the recommendation. It is a lovely hike, including everything Canyonlands has to offer - slick rock, meadows and an iconic arch. We also hiked the Squaw to Big Spring Canyons Loop, which was also... More 

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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We were on our way to another destination but as we were passing so close by we decided to pay a short visit, first to the Newspaper Rock - this was fascinating, great to stand and work out the stories that the petroglyphs were telling. At the Needles visitor centre we watched a short film that really helped us to... More 

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Imperail Beach
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Pack a lunch, water, good shoes, hat, sunscreen and enjoy the beautiful hike. Take your time to enjoy all the beautiful scenery on this hike. Hike all of it or part of it. It was very hot when we were hiking it and didn't make it more than 6 miles total. Very disappointed. Would have liked to keep going.

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