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!