The Needles District forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands and was named for the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that dominate the area. The district's extensive trail system provides 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.
On US Highway 191, drive 40 miles (60 km) south of Moab or 14 miles (22 km) north of Monticello, then take Utah Highway 211 roughly 35 miles (56 km) west. Highway 211 ends in the Needles, and is the only paved road leading in and out of the district.
Exhibits, information, publications and educational gift items are available. Operating hours change seasonally, though restrooms remain open 24/7.
Interpretive programs are offered from March through October with evening programs presented most nights in the Squaw Flat Campground. Check at the visitor center and on bulletin boards for subjects and times. Other programs are offered throughout the season.Campground
The Needles District offers three campsites for groups of 11 or more people which may be reserved in advance:
Squaw Flat (Group Site): 50 people, 10 vehicles
Nightly fees for all group sites are $3 per person.
Group Site Reservations
To check site availability or book a site, visit our online reservation system at canypermits.nps.gov. Reservations must be made no more than four months, and no less than two days, prior to the first night of your stay.
Did You Know?
Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.