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Date Wednesday  4/23/2014
End Date Sunday  4/27/2014
Group Denver
Event Title (Trailblazers & Photo Section) Canyonlands N.P. Needles District (Utah) Car Camping Trip & multiple day-hikes Canyonlands - Utah
Start Time 5:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader Mark Haugen
Member Price Free
Available Participants 7
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 11
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 800


Needles District & adjacent BLM Lands
Canyonlands National Park

For more info Contact

Mark Haugen


Combined Trailblazers & Photo Section Trip.

Needles District of Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah, west from Monticello UT.  some of the most scenic areas and trails in the USA!  Car pools to be arranged from Denver starting Wednesday.  Primitive (toilets & picnic table, additional facilities located at visitors center a few miles away) car camping on BLM land a few miles outside of the NP. Return to Denver on the evening of Sunday April 27th.

Trails and other activities will be chosen each day based upon weather conditions and desires of the group.  Spectacular must see trails include;

Confluence Overlook Trail (junction of the Colorado and Green Rivers)

Druid Arch

The Needles

I have hiked many trails in the area in the last few years.  Most trail consist of following cairns up and down an assortment of rocky or sandy terrain.  consistent elevation gain at one time generally is less than 400 feet followed by easier terrain before the next up or down segment.  Some trail require short ladders (less than 10ft) or climbing over large rocks for a short distance.

The area can provide outstanding star gazing under clear skies! in addition to extremely colorful sunrise/sunsets that look like another planet! Other short scenic activates and stops will be made as the group desires.

 Park entrance fees, gas, so on to be split by all attending (camping on BLM is free).  ALL supplies (including water) must be brought from Denver or topped off in Grand Junction or Moab, Monticello UT is a very small town more than an hour from the Needles with very limited supplies and hours.  Limited food and supplies at extremely high prices sometimes available at the Needles Outpost just outside the park (if you are nice to the off-the-wall and moody manager, worth the visit just to experience!).  4WD not needed on roads, most are paved.

NO cel phone coverage (pay phone at visitors center), NO internet, no towns nearby.




Carpools to be arranged from Denver for Wednesday (according to availability 10AM -5PM) returning Sunday PM

This trip will be "closed" prior to Monday April 21st, as arrangements need to be made, so if your interested sign up ASAP.

Any questions please CALL me at 303-744-0625  -Mark