The Needles

tall spires of sandstone with bands of white and red rock
Sandstone spires in Elephant Canyon

NPS/Neal Herbert

 

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

On US 191, drive 40 miles (60 km) south of Moab or 14 miles (22 km) north of Monticello, then take UT 211 roughly 35 miles (56 km) west. UT 211 ends in The Needles, and is the only paved road leading in and out of the area.

We strongly recommend using a map to reach The Needles. GPS units frequently lead people astray.

Visitor Center

The Needles Visitor Center is open daily, spring through fall. Hours vary by season. Features include: exhibits, book and map sales, backcountry permits, picnic area, general information, wireless internet, and park rangers on duty. You can also watch a park orientation video. Water is available at the visitor center year-round. Electric outlets are not available.

Ranger Programs

Rangers present evening programs at Squaw Flat Campground most nights, March through October. Check at the visitor center and on bulletin boards for subjects and times. Check the calendar for other special events.

Campground

Squaw Flat Campground

  • Fee: $20 per night
  • 26 sites available, first-come, first-served.
  • Bathrooms, fire grates, picnic tables, tent pads.
  • Water is available spring through fall.

Squaw Flat Campground typically fills every day from late March through June and again from early September to mid-October.

The Needles has three group campsites for groups of 11 or more. You can reserve these campsites in advance on recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or +1 518-885-3639 (International).

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2282 Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

435-719-2313

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