Utah River and Wilderness Expeditions since 1964... come Tag-A-Long with us!
The Needles region of Canyonlands National Park is the among the most remote regions of wilderness left in America. On this expedition you are hours from civilization. There is unparalleled solitude and peace while you explore a hidden circular meadow ringed by immense sandstone spires.
Folks with a day to spend exploring the backcountry of Canyonlands should join this excursion. Must be reasonably fit and able to carry at least a gallon (3.8 liters) of water while hiking.
Many of the treasures of Canyonlands National Park are inaccessible to most travelers except for hikers or 4×4 drivers with advanced and technical driving skills. Yet a pleasant hike brings us to a circular meadow filled with desert grasses and vivid wild flowers. Surrounding us are the immense sandstone spires, The Needles, soaring into the blue desert skies. This is one of the treasures of Canyonlands National Park that only the determined get to see. Imagine the thrill!
We depart the Tag-A-Long Expedition’s office in Moab at 7:30am. We drive south toward the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park bound for the trail head at the entrance to the Park. Your naturalist guide will lead you on the trail towards Chesler Park pointing out desert flora and fauna and geology.
When we reach the area known as “Chesler Park”, we’ll weave our way through the multi-colored sandstone fins and spires. Our guide tells us about the ancient Indian cultures that called this area home as well as the pioneer ranchers who came later.
Midday it’s time to stop for a picnic lunch before returning to the trailhead and our transfer vehicle for the return drive to Moab. On the way back, we’ll stop to view “Newspaper Rock”, an amazing panel covered with ‘writings’ from the prehistoric Indigenous People (pictographs and petroglyphs) as well as the old ruins and hidden granaries, unseen by most travelers. It’s quite a day!
Each hiker should be able to carry a gallon (3.8 liters) of water in a daypack. Hikers will gradually climb a moderate trail up into the heart of the Needles District.
Those searching for a true wilderness experience hiking, photographers, people in reasonably good condition and those with a real desire for adventure!
A water bottle in a day pack or a backpack hydration system to keep your hands free for hiking
Good supportive shoes you are comfortable hiking in, please no sandals
A light snack if you wish
Operates Year Round Except July & August (too hot & exposed)
7:30am to 6:00pm