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The Needles

Canyonlands National Park, UT
435-719-2313
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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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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The drive into Needles is 35 miles in off the highway (which is not near a ton of other things either), so unless you want to pay double for gas or a lot for food at the Needles Outpost, stop somewhere before you embark on your journey to Needles. Once you get in, you will need to drive a bit... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is our sixth visit to the Needles District and we continue to find new things to do. This time, we picnicked at Elephant Hill, then hiked the trail toward Chesler Park part of the way. We always do the Cave Spring hike and Pothole Point or Slickrock trails, too. We have camped here, too, and it is one of... More

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Littleton, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I truly enjoyed the upper part of Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point but I was not that thrilled at what you finally got to see after driving 32 miles to the Needles overlook. We checked it out and got back in the car to head back to the highway. We stopped at the visitor center to get some pop or... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This place is different from Arches but has its own charm. I think it should deserve by far more attention from visitors, as it is simply incredible place. It has formations which you wouldn't find elsewhere in Utah. If you want to expose yourself to Marcian landscape, this is right place for you. This is really worht of full day... More

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São Paulo
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I went in the winter . Because short daytime I just had time to hike chesler park loop . It was amazing and totally worth it. I posted a complete review of the day hike in monticello Utah section of tripadvisor but I posted here also because some people sometimes will look for chesler park just in the needles canyonlands... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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164 reviews 164 reviews
30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I love this part of Canyonlands NP! I've been to the Needles District 3X and each has been well worth the drive and effort if you plan to hike. It is so stunning and mesmerizing (in autumn and spring, at least) that there is a touch of magic about it, something that humbles you. The formations themselves are out of... More

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Brisbane
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing places on the planet. Every time you turn your head there is another amazing view to be had. We hiked a 8.5 mile loop trail that took us past Chesler Park through Elephant Canyon and was unbelievable. We were lucky enough to camp at Squaw Flat campground for 3 nights and was a... More

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Reno, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

So if you were lucky enough to visit Island in the Sky looking down on the Canyon, now you are lucky enough to be somewhere in the bottom. The drive into the park from 191 (34 miles) is beautiful in and of itself, so please allow time to stop at Newspaper Rock and enjoy that drive. I was not sure... More

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usa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Forget the jeep ride and touristy spots, just do the 11 mile Chesler park loop trail(including joint) . This trail covers the most beautiful and breathtaking views of the needles area ! Enough said. (Check out my Chesler park loop trail review for some brief information).

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Las Vegas, NV
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95 reviews 95 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The ride into and out of this park is simply breathtaking as you pass by one after another of these enormous red sandstone buttes. Its difficult to capture the immense scale you are seeing with photography but just soak in the views as you wind along scenic Rte 211 thru Indian Valley. Also this passes by Newspaper Rock State Historic... More

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