Here’s all the information you need to know about Needles Canyonlands camping: campgrounds, regulations, services, permits, backcountry camping and more!
Use our Canyonlands National Park guide and the tips below to plan your vacation.
You’ll find tips for what to pack and things to do on your trip to Needles Canyonlands!
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Canyonlands National Park Packing List
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- Merrell Moab hiking shoes OR Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite and LAST for years!!
- Lots of Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen and sun hat
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp – perfect for those morning or evening hikes
- Canyonlands guide books and maps
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- First aid kit in your car and in your backpack when hiking
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
Things To Know About Camping at The Needles
There are no services at Canyonlands Needles. The nearest place to get food, firewood, and supplies is Monticello, Utah, approximately 60 minutes’ drive from The Needles. (IF the Needles Outpost is open, you MAY find a few supplies, but don’t count on it!)
There is seasonal potable water. Camp sites have toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and trash cans.
Public Wi-Fi may be available at The Needles Visitor Center.
Check out our article explaining Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles!
Regulations for Camping at Needles Canyonlands
- Camp only in designated sites.
- Maximum occupancy: 10 people, 2 vehicles per campsite.
- Maximum stay: 7 consecutive nights.
- Quiet hours: 8 pm to 8 am.
- Check-out time: 10 am.
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Wood fires in grates only. Wood gathering is prohibited. Do not leave garbage in fire grates.
- Charcoal cooking fires are allowed in fire pans and grills. Place ashes in fire grates.
- Properly extinguish all fires.
- Generators may only be used between 8 am and 10 am, or from 4 pm to 8 pm.
The Needles Campground
There are 26 individual camping sites and three group sites around the Needles district. Be sure to check the NPS website for the most updated nightly fee.
- Fourteen campsites in Loop A are always on a “first come, first served” basis.
- Twelve campsites in Loop B an be reserved in the spring and fall.. and they fill quickly!
- Group sites are open from mid-March to mid-November. They are closed during the winter.
- Canyonlands camping reservations are valid six months from the date of booking.
RVs and trailers are allowed, but there’s a maximum of length of 28 feet.
Needles Campground Accessibility
The Needles Campground has two registered accessible sites. One site is strictly reserved for all campers with disabilities. The second site is held open for those with disabilities, but only until 8 pm. After that time, anyone can occupy that site for the night.
The two accessible sites at Needles are compatible with wheelchairs, making it easier for them to access fire rings, picnic tables, and tent pads.
There is an accessible bathroom between the two sites.
Group camp sites are not accessible because of the gravel or sandy surfaces.
|Needles Group Site||50 people / 10 vehicles|
|Wooden Shoe Group Site||25 people / 5 vehicles|
|Split Top Group Site||15 people / 3 vehicles|
Needles Outpost Campground
Needles Outpost Campground is just 1.5 miles outside the park boundary. It’s a dry campground that allows tents and RVs (no water or power hookups). Each campsite is a dirt pad with a fire pit and picnic table.
You’ll find services like gasoline and propane. At the general store they sell firewood, ice, cold drinks, ice cream, camping supplies, camp food, snacks, and toiletries.
There’s also a bathhouse with token-operated showers and flush toilets.
You need to reserve a site, but note they are all first-come, first-served.
Backcountry Camping in Needles
One of the main draws to this district is exploring the backcountry by hiking or driving the four-wheel-drive roads in Needles Canyonlands.
Each backcountry campsite will accommodate a maximum of 10 people and three standard vehicles, including trailers and motorcycles.
All backcountry campsites have vault toilets except Peekaboo and New Bates Wilson.
|Campsite||Driving Time from the Visitor Center||Number of Sites|
|Devil’s Kitchen||2 hours||4|
|New Bates Wilson||2.5 hours||1|
|Bobby Jo||3 hours||2|
|Horse Hoof||3 hours||1|
Needles Canyonlands backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in Canyonlands National Park, including the Needles.
All overnight permits must be reserved online at least two days before start of trip.
NOTE all backcountry camping regulations at Canyonland Needles!
Needles Canyonlands Weather
Canyonlands is part of the “high desert” along the Colorado Plateau. There temperature can fluctuate up to 40 degrees in a single day.
The most popular seasons due to the best temperate weather are spring (April-May) and fall (mid-September-October), when daytime highs average 60 to 80 F and lows average 30 to 50 F.
Summer temperatures often exceed 100 F, making it hard to do outdoor activities during the daytime. Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F, and lows averaging 0 to 20 F.
Finding the Best Time to Visit Canyonlands National Park all depends on the activities you want to do, and the type of weather you’ll enjoy.
We’ve written articles detailing what you’ll expect when visiting Canyonlands during the various seasons and months of the year.
- Canyonlands National Park in the Spring
- Canyonlands National Park in the Summer
- Canyonlands National Park in the Fall
- Canyonlands National Park in the Winter
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