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South /east entrance to Canyonlands

Make sure you have plenty fuel in tank. Beautiful drive. South part of Canyonlands is very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Delmar G
Center, Colorado
Remarkable Landscape - Almost deserted

We visited the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park before we went to the Island in the Sky... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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This area of Canyonlands has a great variety of rock formations and allows camping.
Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you have plenty fuel in tank. Beautiful drive. South part of Canyonlands is very different than Island in the Sky on the north end. Visit both if you have time. The red rock formations are awe-inspiring.Nice visitor center. We lodged in Monticello.

Thank Delmar G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park before we went to the Island in the Sky section up north near Moab. We had stayed the night in Monticello and checked out of the hotel around 9 am. It took about an hour to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have the time in your itinerary to do this section of Canyonlands, it is worth it. We had a great day here, following the guide and checking out many of its suggested walks and viewpoints. The old cowboy cave / spring trail was...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

The Needles district was on my bucket list for a long time. It definitely is remote, and is best explored, not visited. Don’t expect an easy trek to see dramatic sites. Here, you will have to work for them. We got the last pass for...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed August 5, 2018

The drive to get to the Needles is long and I didn't realise that the Island and the Needles were separate. To get from the Needles to the Island you have to drive all the way out of the park, around the outside and back...More

Thank IvyD-L
Reviewed July 28, 2018

We didn't actually get here. I had done a lot of research and didn't realise that Needles and Islands in the Sky were basically in different directions around 2 hours drive away from each other involving having to drive back into Moab. We spent the...More

Thank M H
Reviewed July 15, 2018

It's a long drive to get to the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. There are a few nice viewpoints, but I was left with the impression that long hikes are the only way to really see things.

Thank David R
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Canyonlands is the most isolated but is Utah’s largest National Park. It is the least visited park. In the park is the meeting of Colorado and Green rivers. We visited this part of the park first, coming up from Monticello, which was a half hour...More

1  Thank IowaMum
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Getting to this section of Canyon Lands can take up a lot of your time. We stayed in Moab and it takes at least an hour and a half to get there. Trials here are either easy or very strenuous. Ended up doing 2 small...More

1  Thank PaGrandma
Reviewed June 18, 2018

We spent a day here, before going to Islands, the following day. The view approaching Needles District are fabulous for 15 miles before you even get there. The Petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock are assessible to anyone, and free. The Visitor Center has a film, lots...More

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September 5, 2016|
Response from Andrew S F | Reviewed this property |
Hmmm... I was totally amazed by my experiences in Needles District. It was (as my Daughter promised) the most beautiful place I ever backpacked. I guess my review did not adequately express the quality of the experience... More
February 2, 2016|
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Response from BGB166 | Reviewed this property |
I recall a couple of Jeeps at the end of the road about a half mile short of the Confluence Overlook, and I don't think either was a Wrangler. The shorter the wheelbase, the better. I believe a Renegade would be okay but... More