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Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground

11 Reviews

About This Campground

National Park Service

The Needles is a remote district located 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, and sits at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet. 

The Needles…

Fee Info

Individual Camp Sites: 1-10 people, $20 Loop A Group Campsite: 11-20 people, $90 21-30 people, $135 31-40 people, $180 41-50 people, $225 Wooden Shoe Group Campsite 11-15 people, $70 16-20 people, $90 21-25 people, $115 Split Top Group Campsite 11-15 people, $70

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
    Unknown
  • At&t
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Dispersed
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Max Length: 28 ft.

Reviews

11 Reviews of Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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L
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2021

Best campsite I’ve ever had

Our site was located right near the entrance to the campground and had 3 tent pads. There were two little caverns where we sat in to escape the storm. If you’re luckier than us and get quiet neighbors, the park is silent. Be mindful that you’re in a canyon, surrounded by rocks which echo and carry…

Site19
Month of VisitAugust
Amy S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2020

Remote Established Camping

This campsite is a bit off the main roads but that hardly matters because the views are amazing.  We were here in the early summer and was hot and that is probably and understatement.  It's dusty , we were glad to have a tarp under the tent.

  • Canyonlands NP
Month of VisitJuly
Rachel T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2020

Peace and solitude

This campground is in the middle of nowhere, in the best way. Although it is popular and was full when we were there, it’s a pretty small campground and spread out, so it didn’t feel crowded at all. Magnificent views of the needles, and the Chesler Park trail system connects to the campground…

Location

Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground is located in Utah

Directions

On US Highway 191, drive 40 miles (60 km) south of Moab or 14 miles (22 km) north of Monticello, then take Utah Highway 211 roughly 35 miles (56 km) west. Highway 211 ends in the Needles, and is the only paved road leading in and out of the district.

Coordinates

38.16878616 N
109.76003875 W

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About This Campground

The Needles is a remote district located 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, and sits at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet. 

The Needles Campground and group sites have limited services and are best suited to tents and small, self-contained campers and RVs.  

You may book individual campsites in Loop B up to six months in advance for dates within the peak seasons – March 15 - May and September - October.  You may book group campsites up to six months in advance throughout the season – March 15 – November 15.  Loop A is available first come, first served only.  Please, also read “Facilities” below and the “Need to Know” tab for important information. 

Recreation

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.

Facilities

The Needles is a remote district with limited services and no cell coverage. 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 available 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. Maximum vehicle length is 25 feet. 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. Natural Features

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.

Nearby Attractions

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

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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