Packed up a lunch and started south for the Needles section of Canyonlands which is about 35-40 miles south of Moab. The run down Rt. 195 was not very interesting and eventually I got to the turnoff for Needles. The visitor’s center was 22 miles in from the main road, small but staffed by nice people. Continued to the end of the road at the Big Spring Canyon Overlook. It was a nice spot but not worth the long drive down from Moab. Driving in from the main road was quite beautiful with high red cliffs and at one spot, there were several people rock climbing up them. There was no parking so I couldn’t stop to watch. I would not recommend the trip down to the Needles area unless you have a lot of time to see all of the sights around Moab. If time is important, pass on that one. From what I have read, the Jeep roads down in that area can be very challenging and I passed on trying anything there.
One hike I took was up to the “Roadside Ruin” which was a well preserved granary tucked into a cliffside. The Park service had dated the site at between 950 AD and 1200 AD. Another interesting stop was the Newspaper Rock Recreation Site where a large black ledge is covered by hundreds of petroglyphs.
Needles Section, Newspaper Rock
On the ride back, I stopped at the “Hole in the Wall” and took the tour of the 5000 foot house carved into the cliff face. It was built in the 40’s and 50’s by a gentleman and was quite interesting to see how it was constructed and furnished. Got an ice cream and took a bunch of pictures. Nice day and about 150 miles traveled.
Elk RV Parking: 55; Escapee RV Parks: 26; Public RV Parks: 53; National Parks: 67; Ships: 17; Forts: 30
Expenses: 51 months on the road with an average of $1969/month