Needles Outpost: "Needles Outpost Campground" Canyonlands National Park Hotel Tip by Karnubawax
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If Squaw Flat Campground inside the park is full (and, at only 26 sites, that's very possible),you can try here.
Needles Outpost, in additon to being the only private campground within 40 miles, is also the only store and filling station within 40 miles. The place is run by Greg and Tracy - a couple of real characters. Tracy is a Dale Earnhardt fan from way back, so if you're there on Sunday and the race is on the TV, try not to interrupt too much! There's a small lunch counter but don't expect anything more than soup and sandwiches. The store itself is stocked pretty well, and Greg has some knowledge about 4x4's and may be able to help with such things as hoses and gear oil - but you'll pay a premium.
Unique Qualities: The campsite is about 2 dozen or so nice-sized spaces nestled against a large stone outcropping. There are flush toilets and pay showers, but they may be a walk away from your campsite if you choose the more secluded spots.
I'll never forget the last day I was there - I was going to head up to Moab, but it was pouring rain, so instead I stayed at the lunch counter with Tracy and we watched the Talladega race on TV from start to finish. Soaked hikers and sightseers straggled in all day to get a bowl of chili and listen to the two of us explain the finer points of NASCAR to anyone who would listen. An older British couple was quite fascinated, and surely got something much different than what they planned that day! It's times like these that make travelling worth it!
NOTE: If everything's all full up, there is BLM land a few miles from the entrance, where it is OK to camp, though there are no services of any kind. You should check in at the Park Station to get the lowdown.
Directions: A mile or two before the park entance. Follow the signs. Tell 'em "David the Ward Burton fan from SF" sent ya!
Price: less than US$20
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