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Needles/ Anticline Overlook Road Scenic Backway
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Needles/ Anticline Overlook Road Scenic Backway, Utah
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Description: This drive weaves among giant red sandstone mesas and bluffs as it parallels the eastern border of Canyonlands National Park. The Needles Overlook offers a panoramic view of the Needles District of the park as well as of Indian Creek Wilderness Study Area. The Anticline overlook is sited on a narrow promontory and from there you may see the Colorado River, Kane Canyon, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Hurrah Pass. Two campgrounds are along this road, and dispersed camping is permitted off the backway.

Location: From La Sal Junction, go 12 miles south on US 191 and turn west onto the road. Round trip is 76 miles and takes three or four hours, depending on how long you stop at the overlooks.

Address: Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood, Suite M
Moab, UT  84532
Phone: (435) 259-2100

Season: year round

Fee: fee for campgrounds

Reservations: no
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Notes: The road to the left of the Y intersection goes to the Needles Overlook and is paved. The road to the right goes to the Anticline Overlook and is gravel. Both are in good condition and may be traveled in a two-wheel drive vehicle. They may close briefly after heavy snow.
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