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Wilson Arch

WILSON ARCH is also a natural Entrada Sandstone arch near US Highway 191 with a span of 92 ft. and height of 45 ft, and elevation of 6,150 ft. Over time the cracks, joints, and folds of the susceptible portions of this fin became saturated with rain water which froze and expanded, dislodging particles and pieces which were removed by the wind and gravity. The arch is named after Joe Wilson, a local pioneer who built a cabin in nearby Dry Valley.

The Wilson Arch is available to visit as an additional option to Tour 2 package B.

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Looking Glass Arch

LOOKING GLASS ARCH (ROCK) is of Entrada Sandstone and may not be as impressive and receives less attention than the nearby Wilson Arch because it is off the highway, but has many visitors nevertheless and is a local recommended easy climb. This arch is actually two arches; the small second arch is only visible if you climb up inside the larger arch. It has an elevation of 6,420 ft and

The Looking Glass Arch is available to visit as an additional option to Tour 2 package B.


Natural Bridges

Natural Bridges has some of the greatest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In honor of the Native Americans that made this area their home, the bridges are named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu.”

There are many overlooks and features along the scenic drive at Natural Bridges. Several of the more popular ones can be reached via moderately strenuous descents into the canyons.

This an optional for Tour 3 to visit these amazing Natural Bridges.


Abajo Mountains

The Abajo Mountains, also known as the Blue Mountains, are a small mountain range located west of Monticello and north of Blanding. Although “Abajo” means low in Spanish, the range peaks at 11,362 feet at Abajo Peak. Scenic drives lead through the pleasant mountain scenery, climbing out of the red rock desert and into the aspen- and fir-timbered peaks.

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Anasazi Granary

The Anasazi Granary built in a sheltered alcove in the 260 million year old Cedar Mesa Sandstone is an example of ancient Anasazi storage facilities throughout this section of the park. These small cliff granaries were used to store surplus harvests (mostly corn /maize) for lean periods.

It is fairly easily accessible on foot and available to visit in Tour No. 1.


Needles District Tour Map

All tours start from and end in Monticello Utah. See the map for a various locations each tour will visit withing the Needles district of the park.

The NEEDLES DISTRICT is the jewel of Canyonlands National Park and it is named for the spires and needle appearing formations created by erosion of a system of closely spaced joints and fractures in blocks usually viewed from the air.

There are many sights and places, some accessible by standard cars on paved roads, others by high clearance four wheel drive vehicles or hiking boots.

The personal up-close sights in the District are numerous and include the Wooden Shoe Arch, Anasazi Granary, Pothole Point, Slickrock Trail and Big Spring Canyon Overlook to name a few.