"Canyonland National Park - The Needles" Canyonlands National Park by Callavetta

Canyonlands National Park Travel Guide: 217 reviews and 541 photos

Getting into the Canyonlands is no small fete. Unlike it's also impressive neighbor, the Arches, it's not quite as accessable for a day trip, but very much worth the 50 or so miles you must drive to get into the park.

Visitors can take the northern entrance and "see" the park from the Island in the Sky, or from the southern entrance and visit the Needles. The park is actually divided into 4 districts; Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers that run through the entire area. The very large area is playground to sports people of all types; hikers, climbers, canyoneers, rafting, cycling, 4wheeling... It's an adventure seeker's paradise. It's a land that should be admired and respected.

On our road trip, we were already as far south as Monticello, so we backtracked the 14 miles necessary to take the Needles approach. The next 40 miles was absolutely worth the drive, the approach itself being nearly as scenic as the Park. If your visit allows you more time, and you're so inclined, a mere 3 mile hike will reward you with a visit to cliff paintings that are 4,000 years old.

Camping Flintstone style

Doesn't this look like fun? There are campsites available in the park and while some are in groves of trees, many are tucked under big rock outcroppings. All rooms come with a view!

Wildlife among the monoliths

Sometime the vastness of this place leaves one forgetting to look at the small things. This little guy was taking in the sunshine.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Vast with unbelievable rock formations
  • Cons:Not easy to get to
  • In a nutshell:While it's not easy to get there, it's definitely worth the effort.
  • Last visit to Canyonlands National Park: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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