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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Needles District:
Castle Arch 5.5 X Trad, 3 pitches, 275 feet, Grade II
Druid Arch 5.10 C2- R Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 300 feet, Grade III
Angel Arch 5.10+ C1 PG13 Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
The National Hot Rod Association 5.12a/b Trad, 20 feet
The New World Order 5.12c V6 Boulder, 25 feet
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The National Hot Rod Association 5.12a/b UT : Moab Area : The Needles District
The NHRA is a burly OW roof similar to New World Order in style and difficulty. Its a bit longer than NWO, and the crux lies in the middle of the roof, where the crack flares. Start as far back into the cave as you want to go (another 15' could be added on to what i did, but its gets pretty cramped in the cave) and work your way around the high-ish lip. The lip is about 15' off the deck, and the landing is a little wierd. If you have a few crash pads, it would be fine to boulder, but if y...[more] Browse More Classics in UT