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The Needles

Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Phone Number: 435-719-2313
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
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Type: Canyons, Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Owner description: This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
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Hockessin, Delaware
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am sharing my experience on driving out of Needles along Hwy 211 and towards US190 after dusk. The mule deer are rampant and I came close to hitting deer no less than 6 times on the drive. They basically just stand in the middle of the road with little awareness of oncoming traffic. Please be very careful and drive... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A long drive from Moab but when we had finished our day here we drove on to Monticello. However, Monticello is pretty quiet and doesn't have much to offer compared with Moab. Be sure to stop at Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument to see the petroglyphs. More stunning scenery at the Needles.

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Brisbane, Australia
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192 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Did this section first and it was a surprise package, as we thought we would be in and out in no time. The sights were amazing and kept getting better. Take water and enjoy nature in one of the most beautiful spots around. The drive in is fairly long which is probably why the other end, Island in the Sky... More 

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VANCOUVER
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was not as crowded as Islands in the Sky section of Canyonland NP. But it was worthwhile to visit the Needles. Mind you that some of the hikes could not be reached with a trailer/RV due to road conditions.

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FORT WALTON BEACH
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138 reviews 138 reviews
49 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as four-wheel-drive roads are all to be found in The Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. The two larger districts (The Needles and Island in the Sky) of this national park are not connected within the park and have two separate entrances. One is north of Monticello from the east via Hwy 211,... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We visited the needles section of Canyonlands in late April. The weather was perfect, low 50's at night high 70s low 80's during the day. Any later and I think it would have been a little too hot for all the hiking we did. We spent 3 days hiking around the area doing 10-12 mile loops each time. The hiking... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We went on 2 hikes while here. 1: Big Spring Canyon to Squaw Canyon. The hike in the bottom of the canyon was nice but nothing overly exciting. Going up and over the big rocks to get to the next canyon was super cool! It was worth it to go up the rock, see the magnificent views, then back down.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

-Oh this is what Mars looks like, right? I did an awesome hike here, around Elephant Hill. First we’ll talk about the road there, yeah…. It could dirt road off the main road was a bit sketchy for my two wheel vehicle. But if you take it really slow, it will be okay and be patient. Perhaps try to get... More 

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Knysna, South Africa
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31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

It is hard to describe the incredible rock formations. At times it's like being surrounded by giant rock mushrooms. It is a great park to hike in as it is more remote and less covered with access roads. It also creates another challenge of trying to limit one's picture taking. This one is impossible as every turn presents new vistas... More 

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Orinda
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If you have the time, be sure to take the marvelous hike at Elephant Hill. You have to drive three miles on an unsaved one lane road to the trailhead, but it is definitely worth it. The hike takes you across a one approach to the red needles canyon. From there you can spend hours walking thru slot canyons and... More 

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