The Needles District in Canyonlands National Park offers over 60 miles of interconnecting trails. Many different itineraries are possible and they are as challenging as they are rewarding. Conditions of most trails are primitive, traversing a mixture of slickrock benches and sandy washes. Longer trails are especially rough and require negotiating steep passes with drop-offs, narrow spots, or ladders. Water in the backcountry is unreliable and scarce in some areas so make sure to be prepared and bring plenty! Trails are marked with cairns (small rock piles). Although most trails can be hiked in a day by strong hikers, many form loops and may be combined with other trails for longer trips.
- Jacob W. Frank