Needles Overlook, Moab Utah Canyonlands

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Needles Overlook Road

Located approximately 32 miles south of Moab, The Needles Overlook Road boasts what is widely considered the best overlook of the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park.

  • 32 miles south of Moab.
  • Drive time approximately 3 -4 hours.
  • Highlights include views of the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, as well as side trip to the Anticline Overlook.

Overview

This drive follows a maintained dirt and gravel road for 76 miles through some of the most breathtaking views in the southwest. Though the drive takes place on unpaved roads, any vehicle can make the trip, and the road is drivable year-round.

Driving Directions

From Moab head south on US-191 for approximately 32 miles. Then head west on the Needles overlook Road.

Time/Distance

The route is 76 miles once you leave US-191 and takes approximately three to four hours.

Highlights

  • Views of the Indian Creek Wilderness Study Area.
  • Magnificent canyon country views, including unique sand stone formations and sweeping canyons.
  • Camping is available at the roads end.
  • A side trip is possible to the Anticline Overlook, which boasts views of the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Kane Canyon.
  • A stunning 270 degree panorama of the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park.
  • There’s a good chance you’ll have the viewpoint to yourself.