Tall Tales From The Field

Hiking Canyonland’s Needles District

Canyonlands National Park in Southeastern Utah, is one of my favorite places, especially the Needles District.  It is raw, stark and relatively untouched by humans. It’s amazing that you can actually hike through this landscape, although its not for everyone. The trail I took was a loop hike, 11 miles in length. I started at Squaw Flat Campground and negotiated the ups and downs through Elephant and Squaw Canyons.  There was one spot just past Squaw Canyon where I could barely fit through a crack in the sandstone. Couldn’t even get a photo of it.

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Canyonlands Needles District

 

canyonlands-needles_6391                              This slot is about 2 1/2 feet wide.

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

They embedded this metal ladder into the sandstone so you can get up into the remarkable Squaw Canyon

They embedded this metal ladder into the sandstone so you can get up into the remarkable Squaw Canyon

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

This is Squaw Canyon. You can see the second ladder towards the bottom center.

 

Unusually shaped and colored rock formations make up the landscape at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Six Shooter Peak

Six Shooter Peak

 

The sun sets at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The sun sets at the Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

 

Canyonlands Needles District

Finishing at one of the best campgrounds you’ll ever find

 

The full moon or supermoon rises over The Needles District at Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Relaxed in time to watch the supermoon rising.

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9 responses

  1. It’s worth climbing the ladder to have that view at the top.

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    November 23, 2016 at 12:24 PM

  2. What an amazing hike! Beautiful photos.

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    November 23, 2016 at 5:56 PM

  3. Awesome pictures

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    November 23, 2016 at 8:49 PM

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