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The Needles
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Owner description: This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Also this part of Canyonlands features some very good sights! I would say Island in the Sky is even more beautiful, but if you have some extra time, this is totally worth a visit!

1  Thank lucaconfavb
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

RV'ers beware, the road to the Canyonlands NP (Needles District) is a long and winding 34 miles from US Route 191. Unfortunately, if you're towing, there is not a convenient place to drop your trailer or towed vehicle so to see this spectacular park you will need to haul it over some bad road. In some spots we had to slow to under 40 MPH due to the damaged road bumps that set up some wicked harmonic action with our 30ft. trailer. There is also a 10% grade drop over a mile that wasn't too bad. Was this NP worth the trip? Yes, absolutely, but you will miss the convenience of dropping your trailer closer to the main road like you can at Mesa Verde and Arches NPs. If I had to do this part of the park again I would make Moab my base of operations and drive South to see this area (and the Needles Overlook). Please note the Canyonlands Island-in-the-Sky district access road is actually North of Arches National Park (outside of Moab) so you will be driving a lot to see most of this wonderful NP.

1  Thank kahunaPA
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Some people don't bother to make the drive down to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. I understand the reasoning: it's far away, it doesn't have arch formations, no giant canyons, etc. However, if you want a beautiful drive, or want to access some longer, more strenuous hiking, this is the place for you.

The drive into the park is absolutely gorgeous, especially if you hit the park right at dawn or dusk. You really can see quite a ways, even just from the main road. And the views from the visitor's center are beautiful! The hikes here tend to be a little longer and less crowded than those in the Island in the sky district. However, there is still plenty to see even if you only hike the first sections of the trails.

If you're really out to see the scenery in the area, I highly recommend making a day visit out here. Or maybe stop by on your drive to/from Moab. On our trip (from Sedona to Moab), this was my favorite stop. If you have five small children who would all rather be playing video games than hiking, this area of the park probably isn't going to be your thing.

I'll definitely be visiting again!

5  Thank kingshimmers
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Years ago - when you pulled off the main highway to head out to the Needles Overlook we discovered a gem of a campground called Wind Whistle. Back in those days - we would often be one of 2-3 families camping there. Word has caught on, but it is still never overly crowded and the beauty of the campground alone is amazing. It is the perfect place to stay when heading out to the Needles District.

The campground gets it name from these many holes in the redrock - that DO whistle when the wind hits them just right.

There is a HUGE outcrop of redrock in the center of the campground that we have dubbed "Bathtub" - I don't know - maybe that too has caught on, but if you hike way up to the top - the rain over the years has carved a "bathtub" of sorts in the top of the rock. It is a fairly hard climb out of the bathtub if you choose to go in, but the views from on top are breathstaking.

At dusk - you will be treated to the sight and high pitched sounds of bats flying out of the red rock seeking insects.

There is a lot of cryptogamic soil in this capground and so be respectful of that as you hike through and take photos of the gnarly junipers and the wildflowers.

There is also a carrot formation on the far red rock wall - hard to find the first time - but unmistakeable after !

I highly recommend this campground as a perfect place to stay while enjoying the Needles Overlook and District.

3  Thank Debbie W
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

This is truly a national treasure not to be missed.

Thank CarolyninAtlanta
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