Moab Utah travel blog

The color in the valley coming into Canyonland

The valley, this is a working cattle ranch in this valley.

"The Wooden Shoe Arch" in Canyonland NP

The needles

A spire at the end of the senic drive

Looking at the Colorado River and the across to Deadhorse State Park

This is a look up the valley we had driven down earlier...


Leaving Colorado behind we headed back to Utah to Mountain View RV Park in Monticello, UT about 45 miles south of Moab. We decided to come back to this area and explore more of Canyonlands from the southeast. Taking US 191 to the Needles district turn off we traveled 35 miles down into the canyon to an area they call the Needles. These spires look very much like Bryce Canyon, but there is so much more to this area as you can tell from the pictures. Someone had told us that this wasn't worth the trip, but we highly disagreed. Once again we enjoyed fall colors, red rocks, pictographs, sheer rock cliffs, wind swept cliffs and canyons, rock spires, rock monuments and the list goes on and on. This is indeed worth the trip in. Returning to Hwy 191 we traveled north about 7 miles to the Needles Overlook turn off. Here we had 21 miles to the overlook and enjoyed seeing pronghorn antelope along the way. This overlook let us see exactly where we had been down in the canyon and had spectacular views of the Colorado River back over to Dead Horse Point, where we had been earlier in our trip. While pictures may never exactly capture the scene, it is one you won't forget seeing in person.

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