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Needles Overlook, Moab

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  • If you like a busy Arches N.P. is then this is the place for rest. Wow what a view! This place you should definitely not be missed!! There is a small explanation about the origin of Needles. Admission is free. There are fantastic places for a picnic. And there is a toilet block. On several spots at the viewpoint are benches near the edge. Keep an eye on your children, there are a minimum of fences at the edge! And there is a geocache hidden!
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  • We fell in something. Therefore the following note: the often mention points "Needles Outlook" and "Anticline Outlook" are located in the Canyonlands recreation area and not in the Canyonlands National Park. The view is quite nice (note that the road to the Anticline is gravel), but who wants to see the needles from close, must continue in the southern national!
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  • Departing from Blanding, decided to make a detour by Needles, knowing that we wouldn't have time to go hiking. Bad we took, the detour is important, even if the road is nice and point of view if he is nice, is not top. This is probably coming down and walking you will realize the importance of these Needles
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  • Great views. Easy to drive to yet lightly visited compared to other overlooks in area. Good place to soak in the beauty, silence and vastness.
  • Can't see needles formation as they are super far but can view some beautiful landscapes
  • If you plan to travel south on route 191 from the Moab, UT, and you have the time, then I highly recommend you take route 133 west to the Needles Overlook (after Wilson Arch) in Canyonlands National Park. This road provides desert beauty along with outstanding geology. Just be aware that this stretch of road is remote and has no services {except for restrooms at the actual overlook). Drive time (one way) from route 191 is approximately 40-45 minutes. This, plan for a round-trip of ~2 hours. We did it in June of 2017 (and was quite hot (over 100 degrees F). If you're lucky (as we were) you may also see some Pronghorns along the way (the world's second fastest land animal). An awesome sight! Once you arrive at the outlook, you will find that there are actually several observation points where you can peer south into the Needles District of Canyonlands, west towards the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands and due north towards Dead Horse State Park.
  • The southern side of Canyonlands is visible from here. Definitely not as well known as it should be.
  • Different to the grand canyon, but almost better because it doesnt have the crowds! Extremely wide but just as deep i would say

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For affordable accommodations away from tourist crowds, stay outside Moab's busy downtown. Many inns in this area offer free shuttle services to the central part of town, allowing you quick and easy access to Moab's finest shops and restaurants. If you do not plan to spend much time in your room, consider staying at a budget-friendly motel or hostel. For the ultimate in outdoorsy options, campgrounds inside the area's national parks make up what they lack in modern amenities with their panoramic views of the red desert.
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