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    • Monticello, Utah

      Explore the Newspaper Rock Ancient Petroglyphs

      4.7
      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 cattle as this is open range country. Also watch ...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      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 colder months, I'm in.Indian Creek is a extremely ...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Backpack Salt Creek

      33 mi / 1000 ft gain
      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 features as well as grassy meadows and savannahs.  Whil...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Rock Climbing in Indian Creek

      5.0
      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 Rambo" 5.12- and "Incredible Hand Crack" 5.10c.This...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Hiking to Wilson Arch

      4.3
      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 the parking lot there is a a very short (~0.5 mil...
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    • Egnar, Colorado

      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 the river, a a few notable side canyons. The water l...
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    • Moab, Utah

      Climb Wilson Arch

      Wilson Arch is a common stop for people visiting the local national parks and Moab, but with some general climbing knowledge and gear you can make this into a longer outing.  If coming from Moab, the arch is obvious on your left about 25 miles south.  There is ample parking on both sides of the r...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Explore Looking Glass Arch

      4.0
      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 parking lot to the arch itself, but there is a ~150...
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    • Moab, Utah

      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 offered. Camping fees are only $6/night.
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    • Moab, Utah

      Hike the Cave Spring Loop in the Needles District

      4.0
      0.6 mi / 35 ft gain
      The Cave Spring Trail within Canyonlands National Park takes visitors past some well preserved pictographs and a cowboy camp complete with many original artifacts, all located in bluff "caves" below the overhanging cliffs of a low mesa.  The path later climbs to the top via a pair of wooden ladde...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Hike Peekaboo Trail to Salt Creek Canyon

      10 mi / -60 ft gain
      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 formations as the sun rises in front of you on you...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District

      5.0
      19.06 mi / 3028 ft gain
      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 hours southwest of Moab away from cell phone rece...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Camp at Squaw Flat Campground

      3.0
      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. Campsite reservations must be made in advance at rec...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Backpack to Chesler Park, Canyonlands NP

      5.0
      13 mi / 600 ft gain
      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 collection of pictographs well worth the detour if you're...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Hiking Druid Arch

      5.0
      10.28 mi / 1594 ft gain
      Important Note: Druid Arch is located on the eastern side of Canyonlands National Park in the Needles District. It is not located at the main entrance to the park. Stop by the Needles Visitor Center and pick up a map. Your starting point, Elephant Hill Trailhead is then located 6.3 miles west of ...
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    • Monticello, Utah

      Hike Chesler Park and Joint Trails, Canyonlands NP

      4.7
      10 mi / 1755 ft gain
      This world class hiking route circumnavigates Chesler Park by way of open meadows, slots, subterranean alcoves, stairways and slick rock.Begin at the Elephant Hill Trailhead and head south following signage for the Joint Trail / Chesler Park along the way. Once you arrive at Chesler Park turn lef...
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    Camping and Lodging in Monticello

    Buckboard
    Monticello, Utah

    Buckboard

    Devils Canyon
    Monticello, Utah

    Devils Canyon

    Nizhoni
    Blanding, Utah

    Nizhoni

    Windwhistle Group Site
    Monticello, Utah

    Windwhistle Group Site

    Creek Pasture Group Site
    Moab, Utah

    Creek Pasture Group Site

    Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground
    Moab, Utah

    Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Monticello

    Messengers: A 250-mile Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Running Story

    Messengers: A 250-mile Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Running Story

    Greg Balkin

    The Future of Bears Ears

    The Future of Bears Ears

    Michael Graw

    Trump Dramatically Reduces Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

    Trump Dramatically Reduces Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

    The Outbound Collective

    Making the Most of a Failed Attempt to Explore Bears Ears National Monument

    Making the Most of a Failed Attempt to Explore Bears Ears National Monument

    Leo Xu

    5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Canyonlands National Park

    5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Canyonlands National Park

    Hillary + Matt

    7 Reasons to Escape to Lake Powell This Fall

    7 Reasons to Escape to Lake Powell This Fall

    The Outbound Collective