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

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    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 »

Suggested Activities at the Island

photo: Overlook talk at Grand View Point
Overlook talk at Grand View Point
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

If you have....

1 Hour:
Drive to Grand View Point and enjoy a broad view of the entire park. If time permits, visit Buck or Shafer Canyon overlooks along the way.

2 Hours:
Visit Grand View Point and Green River Overlook, and hike the 0.5 mile loop nature trail to Mesa Arch.

4 Hours:
Visit the overlooks at Grand View Point and Green River, hike Mesa Arch, and hike to the first overlook at Upheaval Dome (0.8 mi roundtrip).

Half a day:
Visit all of the above and enjoy many of the other short, mesa top nature trails to features like Whale Rock or Aztec Butte. Attend a ranger-led program. Visitors with four-wheel-drive may consider returning to Moab via the Shafer Trail and Potash roads.

Full day
Hike several of the mesa top trails or one of the longer trails like Syncline or Murphy loops. With four-wheel-drive, explore the White Rim Road as far as Musselman Arch or travel to the Colorado River via Lathrop.

Many days:
Use the Willow Flat Campground as a base camp and explore the district on foot or in a vehicle. Backpack into Taylor Canyon for a night, or to the Colorado River via Lathrop Canyon, or consider a multi-day, four-wheel-drive or mountain bike trip along the White Rim Road (permit required).

Did You Know?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal. More...