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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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Knysna, South Africa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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Bratislava, Slovakia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Needles district of the Canyonlands is a bit of a drive from Moab (about 2 hours), but we enjoyed it because there were no crowds at all and it feels remote and that's what we wanted to experience. We did a nice little hike - The cave spring trail (1km round trip) and we were the only people on this... More

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Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A simple drive past the needles is really all that you need to get a good look at these pillars. Simply stunning!

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wilds of New Jersey
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110 reviews 110 reviews
54 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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8 reviews 8 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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