• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

    Canyonlands

    National Park Utah

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  • Some unpaved roads are closed

    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »

  • Safety in Bear Country

    Black bears have been seen in the Needles, Maze, and along the Colorado River. Be alert and store food and garbage properly: in hard-sided, latched containers (or your vehicle) when not being prepared or consumed. More »

  • New backcountry requirements in effect

    Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »

Orientation Video

Aerial photo of the Needles District.
A bird's eye view of the Needles
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 
With stunning aerial footage and time-lapse photography, this 15-minute video showcases the landscape of sculpted rock known as Canyonlands. A brief overview of the area's geology, natural and cultural resources, as well as recreational opportunities provides a great introduction to the park. This video is also shown at the Island in the Sky and Needles district visitor centers.

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Video for Windows/PC
Videos in WMV format can be opened in Winamp, Windows Media Player and other video players.

Wilderness of Rock - low quality [17.5mb wmv file]
Wilderness of Rock - medium quality [39.5mb wmv file]

Video for iPod/Mac
Videos in mp4 format can be opened in Quicktime, iTunes and other video players. These files can also be played on iPods.

Wilderness of Rock [43mb mp4 file]

Did You Know?

Detail of the Great Gallery pictograph panel

Some of the rock art in Horseshoe Canyon was painted over 3,000 years ago. Now known as "Barrier Canyon" style rock art, it was painted by nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers that roamed throughout the southwest. More...