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.


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, 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 the 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.


Things to Do at The Needles

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    Visiting The Needles

    • A blue SUV drives up a rocky slope
      Roads in The Needles

      About 50 miles of challenging backcountry roads lead to campsites, trailheads and many natural and cultural features.

    • three people walk on red slickrock
      Trails in The Needles

      The Needles offers over 60 miles of interconnecting trails as challenging as they are rewarding. Many different itineraries are possible.

    • a man sets up a tent on a shady tent pad
      Camping at The Needles

      The Needles campground is open year-round. Learn more about sites, reservations, and facilities.

    • a map of Canyonlands National Park

      Download road and trail information for The Needles


    Last updated: March 8, 2024

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    2282 Resource Blvd.
    Moab, UT 84532



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