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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Phone Number: 435-719-2313
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: 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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long long drive, but great hiking

I was tired of driving from Moab, but it is a great part of Canyonlands NP for hiking. Took approx. 1.5 hrs. from Moab to reach The Needles visitor center. We had a small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

I was tired of driving from Moab, but it is a great part of Canyonlands NP for hiking. Took approx. 1.5 hrs. from Moab to reach The Needles visitor center. We had a small, economy rental car and took it down the access road (when it was raining) to Elephant Hill. We made it fine, but even with the little... More 

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The trails here are rugged, but the payoff is huge. Great rock formations and killer views. But beware the south beginning of Big Spring Canyon. It is probably the best route they could find, but it is downright dangerous.

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Getting into the backcountry here is well worth the energy. Water is a must So you must plan for that. If you can get two nights at chesler park, you can do two day trips: 1 to Druid arch and 1 thru the joint and devils kitchen. And still have the amazing mornings and evenings light on the horizon. Site... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Because of time issues we only had time for Needles lookout on seperate road from park. Guy at visitor centre told us to go there. Not worth it. Go onthe longer road right into the park !!!!

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited the Needles section via a 4X4 tour through Navtec. Because of their tour availability, we had to visit Needles before Islands in the Sky. Let me say this, after spending a whole day in Needles and watching the Sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park the day before, we were a little bit under-impressed with Islands in the... More 

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Middle Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is the southern side of Canyonlands. It is more remote and the Needles (for which it is named) is not within easy walk in the park. The road into it is perhaps more interesting than the park itself.. Make sure that you stop at Newspaper Rock on the way in to see the ancient drawings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Needles is a remote region in Canyonlands that houses what I consider is the most interesting, exciting, mystical and unique sandstone arch ever. Druid Arch is about a 5.5-mile hike (one-way) from the trailhead that goes through slot canyons, polished round towers, cavernous formations and a prehistoric riverbed. The hike is intense but the pay-off scenic reward is unforgettable.... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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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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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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