|Hatch Point and Lockhart Basin|
Once you park up at the Overlook, you can follow the gravel trails (right to Hatch Point and Lockhart Basin; left to Indian Creek and Needles) to the fencing (be warned, there is walking over rocks also) and see the wonders before you. The fencing does end at some point, and going beyond it is at your own risk; Roy and I went beyond. We went right first to Hatch Point and Lockhart Basin; my photos won't be those outstanding photo shopped ones on Google Images, with colors of the rainbow popping throughout. The outstanding scene before you speaks for itself.
|Formations directly across from Hatch Point Lookout|
There are times when there are shots I want so badly, I'm willing to crawl out on a ledge, or stand near to an edge to get it. Am I afraid? I don't think about it; to think about it makes you doubt yourself and that is when you will stumble, lose your footing or get dizzy. Be careful moving outward, take the shot, be careful moving backward...simple. To get the shot of the sandstone tower below the Hatch Point Lookout, I needed to get close to the edge. My hubby has always been too much in shock to take a photo of me doing this "craziness", but finally he got his shot. Warning, I'm no fashion model; but I'm a heck of a spit fire.
Rock and earth are not the only landscaping effected by wind, sun and the weather in general; the plant life can also be shaped. Take for example this tree which looks like a long limbed female holding a ball (the greenery) above her head; the sensual twist of her body as her slender arms reach upwards.
Now I'm going to let you in on a little secret; there is a place you can go that will give you a slightly better view of Needles than the Overlook itself. As you are just getting to the Overlook, there will be a dirt road to the left which leads to campgrounds. As you can see from the photo of one side of it, the "fire places" were built with loving hands. Please do not tamper with them, nor leave garbage lying around; these camp sites are free, shared with other travelers, and should be respected.
Don't forget to enjoy all the scenery as you make your way to Needles Overlook; keep an eye out for Pronghorn Deer (Antelope). The whole idea of the trip is enjoyment, so relax and put time in the backseat for awhile.