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The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, UT
435-719-2313
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Canyons
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
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wilds of New Jersey
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110 reviews 110 reviews
54 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Needles section of the Park is great for hikers, mostly. We arrived here toward the end of an over-stuffed day of travel, and only managed to do the Slickrock trail, where we had hopes of spotting some elusive Big Horn Sheep in the hour before dusk on a still-hot July evening. That wish went unfulfilled. There are scenic overlooks... More

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Paris, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Quite far from Moab where we were staying, about 1h30. Bring food, lot of water (you could still buy some at the Needles Outpost, nice couple running a campground and a grocery store if you forgot something). And Hike. If you plan to do just "viewpoint hopping", it's not worth it, you would prefer go the Island in the Sky.... More

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High Springs, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a very scenic drive going into this park. The canyons that you drive thru are so beautiful! And about halfway in, there's a stop off with petroglyphs. A family of Badgers crossed the road as we started the drive in. We did hike a few of the smaller trails, and saw an old cowboy camp. We also went... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Make sure you have a full tank of gas. Lots of beautiful scenery to see but its 20 miles off the highway. It is so peaceful and quiet. Not nearly the traffic Arches has but just as many things to see. Expect high temps in July. Hit 100 degrees so we tried not to hike to far. Really cool petroglyphs.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Bizarre alien landscape, dry heat, hardly anyone on the trail, hiking with one of your closest mates... what's not to like? It was like being on a western movie set!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just returned from an overnight stay at CP1. All the water we needed for 3 adults for 2 days/nights made our packs heavy, but Needles is so unique, it was worth it. The drive into Needles is very impressive even if you just to do the Chesler Park/Joint trail as a day hike. We were unlucky with very windy conditions,... More

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I recently spent 3 days/nights camping and hiking in the Needles section of Canyonlands. Day 1 I hiked a combo of the Chesler Park Loop and Druid Arch trail, which basically encompassed the entire day. The Druid Arch itself is awesome and unique but if you've seen other arches its probably not worth the long hike. There's also a steep... More

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Deale, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Looking for an enjoyable 6 mile hike? Chesler Park trail is it. The trail goes up and down. There are some rock scrambles and plenty of enjoyable breezes along with many shaded resting areas. You will find the hikers you meet are a bit more experienced than in the Arches and willing to chat. If you have the time and... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Stayed at the Needles Outpost campground and ate at the Cafe. Great camp site and good food. Best part was getting to know the delightful couple (Tracy and Gary) who own and operate both. Eighteen year residents, year round. Very helpful. Know a lot about the Needles area, which is spectacular. Loved the views at sunrise and sunset. The Wooden... More

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Lyons, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

WOW!!! We just returned from several days of hiking the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park. We have hiked all over the Planet Earth and this area is one of the most spectacular areas we have ever hiked. We had the good fortune of experiencing unseasonably cool weather which made the trails much more user friendly. The spring wildflowers were... More

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