Top Adventures in Monticello

  • Explore the Newspaper Rock Ancient Petroglyphs

    After leaving Moab, turn off Highway 191 on to 211. The drive will wind over the mesa tops and down into red rock canyon country. Enjoy the changing seasons whether the red cliffs are covered in snow or spring desert flowers are blooming.Watch for...

  • Climbing in Indian Creek

    Come November most climbers are missing rock season. It's too cold. There's snow on the ground. There are lots of reasons why you can't climb in my native state, Montana, come November. So when some friends want to head to Moab to go climb in the ...

  • Backpack Salt Creek

    The Needles District of Canyonlands receives 6 times as many backpackers as its more popular neighbor across the Colorado River, Island in the Sky. The Needles has an excellent trail network that is incredibly diverse, featuring amazing rock featu...

    33 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Rock Climbing in Indian Creek

    Just outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and 40 miles south of Moab lies one of the greatest crack climbing destinations in the world. Indian Creek is home to world famous routes such as "Supercrack of the Desert" 5.10 "Way R...

  • Hiking to Wilson Arch

    To get to Wilson Arch, drive south of Moab on US-191 S for about 25 miles. The arch is right off US-191S and there is parking on either side of the highway. Keep an eye out after you pass the LaSal Junction - the arch is visible from the road.From...

  • Raft the Dolores River

    On years with enough moisture and runoff, kayakers, rafters, tubers and SUP-ers all take to the Dolores River. This section of water from Slick Rock to Bed Rock provides a two night, three day float through red canyon walls, meandering bends in th...

  • Explore Looking Glass Arch

    Getting there:From Moab, follow Highway 191 south for about 23 miles until you get to Looking Glass Road/Co. Rd. 131. Take a right and follow the road for about 2 miles and then turn left into the parking lot.It is only about 0.10 miles from the p...

  • Camp at Hamburger Rock

    Hamburger Rock is a small BLM campground with 10 sites based around an interesting rock outcropping. Each site can accommodate around 6 campers, 2 tents, and 2 cars. The bathrooms here are very basic, open-top pits, and no other services are off...

  • Hike Peekaboo Trail to Salt Creek Canyon

    Trail Description This adventure starts at Squaw Flat Trailhead A in the Needles District of the Canyonlands. Get there early to claim a parking spot, as there are several trails in the area, and you will want to see the colors change in the rock ...

    10 miles -60 ft gain

  • Backpack to Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District

    A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experience that the Needles District offers. Drive two...

    19.2 miles 630 ft gain

  • Camp at Squaw Flat Campground

    Squaw Flat campground is an easily-accessed area full of picturesque campsites in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It is located in the Needles District, which is well known for its colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that cover the region. Ca...

  • Backpack to Chesler Park, Canyonlands NP

    The first draw of this adventure is the roadtrip to the trailhead itself. Set out pre-dawn from Moab, UT and head 77 miles south and west to the Needles District Visitors Centre on Utah 211. En route you'll pass Newspaper Rock, a treasured collect...

    13 miles 600 ft gain

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      Buckboard

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    • Monticello, Utah

      Devils Canyon

      Overview Devils Canyon Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest of southeast Utah at the foot of the Abajo Mountains. Recreation Several miles of off-road vehicle trails crisscross the Ab...

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      Nizhoni

      Overview Nizhoni Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest in southeast Utah, at the foot of the Abajo Mountains.Recreation Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing and off-road...

    • Monticello, Utah

      Windwhistle Group Site

      Overview The Windwhistle Group Site is ideal for small gatherings looking for a quiet retreat. The parking is limited and you must walk in to the site. Within close proximity to national parks a...

    • Moab, Utah

      Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground

      Overview The Needles Campground and group sites are located deep within the southern portion of Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah. The Needles District is 1.25 hours driving time from ...

    • Moab, Utah

      Creek Pasture Group Site

      Overview The Creek Pasture Group Site at Creek Pasture Campground is ideal for large groups wishing to recreate in the Indian Creek area, or camp close to the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Cr...

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