Within a day's drive of this point are serveral
parks and recreation areas which preserve many
of the scenic and historic wonders of Utah's
This intersection is the gateway to the Needles
District of Canyonlands National Park. Highway
211 passes Canyon Rims Recreation Area, the
petroglyphs of Newspaper Rock, many side
canyons and dramatic rock formations, and also
provides access to Manti-La Sal National Forest.
The paved road ends in the Needles District at
Big Spring Canyon Overlook. There is no road
access to the Island in the Sky or the Maze from
Highway 211. On the way to the Needles, drive
slowly and take time to stop at pulloffs and
Careful planning will help insure a safe and
enjoyable visit. Campsites, fuel, food, and
supplies are limited.
|Public Lands||Distance||Drive Time|
|Glen Canyon National Recreation Area|
Held back by the massive Glen Canyon
Dam, Lake Powell stretches 186 miles
through scenic canyons. Boating, water
sports and camping.
|Newspaper Rock Recreation Site|
Sandstone wall bearing amazing variety
and concentration of Indian petroglyphs,
some as old as 1,000 years. Facilities
include primitive camping and pit toilets.
Water and hookups not available.
|Arches National Park|
Extraordinary and colorful natural stone
arches, windows, pinnacles, and pedastals.
|Canyonlands National Park|
|Island in the Sky|
High and isolated mesa bounded by the
steep canyons of the Green and Colorado
Rivers. Sweeping views from canyon rims.
Fascniating array of sculptured
rock spires and arches. Most scenic
destination accessible by hiking trail
or 4-wheel-drive road.
|The Maze||Hans Flat Ranger Station|
A puzzling landscape of canyons,|
buttes, and pinnacles in one of the
most remote areas of the United States.
Access only by 4-wheel-drive, foot,
|(Via Green River)|
|Natural Bridges National Monument|
Three sandstone bridges carved by
stream erosion, the largest spanning
|Dead Horse Point State Park|
Spectacular mesa-top view of the
serpentine Colorado River 2,000 feet
below. Museum and campground.
|Green River State Park|
A staring point for whitewater raft
trips and flatwater canoeing on the
Green River. Camping, picnicking,
and water sports.
|Goblin Valley State Park|
A valley with sculptured rock formations
which excite the imagination.
|Edge of the Cedars State Park|
Remnants of structures left by the
Ancestral Puebloans still stand.