Colorado River Overlook

A chocolate-brown river cuts through a layered canyon on a bright, sunny day.
Colorado River Overlook

Jen Castanon

Quick Facts
The Needles, Canyonlands National Park

This overlook isĀ 7 miles down a rugged, unpaved road. You must have a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle or mountain bike. No permit required.

This moderate road is good for mountain bikes. You can avoid the large rocks and stair-step drops in the last 1.5 miles by parking on the road and walking to the overlook. (Be sure to leave room for other vehicles to pass.) There are outstanding views of the Colorado River canyon. This is an unprotected overlook; use caution. No vehicle camping.


The parking area at the end of the unpaved road is rocky and uneven, and may not allow for much exploration by wheelchair.

Canyonlands National Park

Last updated: October 20, 2022