Friday, August 2, 2019

Canyonlands National Park - Needles Travel Guide.

Canyonlands National Park - Needles

The Needles forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands and was named for the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that dominate the area. Hiking trails offer many opportunities for long day hikes and overnight trips. Foot trails and four-wheel-drive roads lead to such features as Tower Ruin, Confluence Overlook, Elephant Hill, the Joint Trail, and Chesler Park.

·         Location is 14 miles north from Monticello along Hwy 191, 35 miles west along Hwy 211 to Park entrance. (total mileage = 49 miles from Monticello)

·         There is no access to the Island in the Sky section.

·         The Park is open 24/7, year round; the Visitor Center is open March thru November, 9am-4pm; restrooms & drinking fountains are open 24/7.

·         Camping - 26 sites + 3 group sites at Squaw Flats; reservations via NPS website, or first come/first serve.

·         Pets – only allowed in parking areas, paved roadway & must be leashed; owners are expected to pick up after their pet(s).

·         Tours are subject to Ranger Programs; check the schedule at website for availability.

·         Backcountry Permits for hiking & 4-wheel drive trails are available at the Visitor Center.

·         Phone: (435) 719-2313

At the toll booth, you will receive a Canyonlands "newspaper" which will contain maps, hiking and 4-wheel drive information plus lots more.  Go inside the Visitor Center to obtain permits, or to talk with the park rangers for more information.

There are NO services at the park, so always start the trip with a full tank of gas, drinking water (3-4 quarts/person; double that amount if hiking), healthy snacks, and bring a picnic!

Mary Cokenour

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