Needles Overlook, Utah

October 25, 2023

Fig.1-Needles Overlook UT

Fig.2-Needles Overlook UT

Photographer: Rick Stankiewicz 
Summary Author: Rick Stankiewicz    

There are many beautiful and fascinating geological features in the State of Utah, and they’re often included on this website. One more for the list is “Needles Overlook” (or Lookout) in the southeast of Utah. It can be accessed via 22 miles (35 km) on Highway-211 (west of Monticello), off US-191. It’s worth the drive for the views offered in this eastern side of Canyonlands National Park.

The overlook is located 1,600 ft. (486 m) above the canyon floor, offering a stunning 270° view. The images presented here show the dramatic landscape of 225-million-year-old sand dunes that now compose the reddish Cedar Mesa Sandstone (Navajo sandstone down to Cutler Formations) and the underlying Paradox Salt Formation.  Over time the salt blocks collapsed, rupturing the landscape, allowing the various forms of erosion to create the spires and “needles” of sandstone that exist today. The Colorado River has carved its way through this region over the last 4 to 5 million years, assisting in the sculpturing process of the magnificent canyonlands. Photo taken on October 8, 2013.

Photo details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera; 60 mm lens; f/9; ISO 200; 1/250 second exposure.


Needles Overlook, Utah Coordinates: 38.2644281, -109.7057368

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