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 Monticello, Utah, and 1.5 hours from Moab, Utah, at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet. You may book individual campsites and group sites up to six months in advance for dates within the peak season. There are three group sites. The Squaw Flat group site is situated in the main part of the campground, and the Wooden Shoe and Split Top group sites are in separate areas of the district, isolated from other campsites. This campground is best suited to tents and small, self-contained campers and RVs.
The Needles District's extensive trail system provides many opportunities for long day hikes and overnight backpacking trips. Foot trails and four-wheel-drive roads lead to such features as Confluence Overlook, Druid Arch, the Joint Trail and Chesler Park.
The Needles Campground and group sites are best suited to tents and small, self-contained campers and RVs. A seasonal campground host (spring and fall) is located in Loop A of the campground. Individual Campsites: Drinking water and flush toilets are located in the campground. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided at each site. There are no RV hook-ups. The campground does not have electricity, showers or a dump station. Group Sites: Three group campsites offer groups of 11 or more an opportunity to stay in a remote setting in a unique national park. RVs and trailers over 25 feet will have difficulty accessing these sites. Water and non-flush toilets are available. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided.
The campground and group sites contain stands of Utah juniper and pinyon pine. Flowering prickly pear cacti, yucca and other desert wildflowers dot the landscape in the spring, adding to the vivid colors of the surrounding red rock desert. The Needles District forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands National Park and was named for the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that dominate the area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters.
Southeastern Utah offers breathtaking scenery, hiking, road and mountain biking opportunities, rafting and scenic driving routes. Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks, the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments and Dead Horse Point and Edge of the Cedars State Parks are all within three hours drive of the Needles Campground. Moab, Utah, (1.5 hours away) offers numerous restaurants, shops and museums.
ADA Access: N
Vault toilets Water available
This very private group site is nestled in a rock formation outside the campgrounds. Park rangers had to help us locate it because it wasn’t on the park maps. Our group of 15 loved being away from other campers and our teenagers loved climbing/exploring the rock faces.
It was a great decision to visit the Needles district after a few days in Island in the Sky. The landscapes were beautiful and we were lucky to nab a spot at the District Campground. The facilities were awesome - sites had some shade from being tucked into the rock formations. The restrooms were clean and had exterior space for washing dishes and water access. This would be a great place to set up shop for a few weeks and would be a great home base to explore the Needles. However, getting a site here can be tough!
So peaceful and less traffic than island in the sun. Didn’t see a single tour bus. Newer bathrooms a plus. If you want to get away from it all this is it.
The recent is just amazing. Really hot in the summer. Kinda crowded
We had a group site reservation though Rec.gov but do not use their longitude and latitude for your gps. If you do it will take you onto an Atv trail that looks like a road and is not clearly marked and very dangerous. However that actual campsite was awesome. There was no one for miles and our large group loved that. There is no water in the area and the ony shade was the shelter so it was hot. Its in a canyon area and gave the children alot of area to run and climb.
We have stayed here on a few separate occasions and each time we were able to hike 10+ mile trails to new and less visited wonders.
The campsites were great for two people and all included a permanent fire ring. In almost all campsites there is some sort of fun rock form you can scramble around on!
Nearby are miles and miles of trail that can take you to Druid Arch and the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers to name a couple. If you have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle there is also Elephant rock road right next to the campground. The world class Indian Creek climbing area is also ~30 mins away with numerous other desert towers in the area including the famous 6 shooter tower.
In short if you stay here you'll have weeks of recreational enjoyment no matter how you choose to enjoy the outdoors!