The Needles District Rock Climbing
Angel Arch Photo by: Frosty Weller
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The Needles District is one of the 4 districts of the Canyonlands (don't forget about the detached Horseshoe Canyon District). The best time to visit is in the spring or fall. This area is often overlooked because of its proximity to the much more famous Indian Creek and North and South Six Shooters. Located here you will find some of the finest arches anywhere. Arches NP is more famous for arches, and certainly has more of them, but the Needles district arguably has some of the biggest and most impressive arches this side of Landscape Arch. The three biggest arches in the Needles District are Angel Arch, Druid Arch, and Castle Arch. These arches are not by the side of the road, and take a fair amount of effort to see, particularly the biggest one, Angel Arch. The trail system here is among the finest in the Canyonlands, and backpacking is incredibly rewarding. An endless supply of excellent bouldering and exploration exists in the area. Even with the crowds that spring and fall bring, it is easy to find seclusion in this labyrinthian realm.
The Needles District is located about an hour to an hour and a half south of Moab. Drive past the famous Indian Creek climbing area, and past the inspiring Six Shooters to the entrance.
Climbing Season For the Moab Area area.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in The Needles District
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Needles District:
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The remote and hidden All American Man. Photo by: ...
Cave of Cairns on the Joint Trail.
Hiking towards Chesler Park on the way to The Join...
Looking up at (and through) Castle Arch from direc...
View from the second belay of Druid