On our first day in the Moab area, the weather was fairly heavily overcast. It had rained during the night and was threatening to continue during the day. We decided that we’d head south on UT-191 to the Needles District of the Canyonlands National Park and try our luck there.

The turnoff from UT-191 onto UT-211 is only about 30 minutes south of Moab, but it takes another hour to weave into the Needles district. Allthough the weather remained overcast, we were luck not to have any rain during the day. It was my first trip to the Needles district. There are a few ‘things to see’ on a road trip, but it appears that the best area — ‘The Needles’  — is only accessible on foot. You can pack in and camp there too, so this has been placed on my todo list for a future camping trip. Given the ever increasing popularity of the accessible areas and the high incidence of idiots in such areas, I’m definitely going to take a much more ‘roughing it’ stance for future trips.

On this trip, however, we were not prepared for anything other than road sights and small treks. Some of the highlights of our visit are shown in the photos below.

Castle Valley 2017
Arches 2017