• 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]

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