Circuit above Squaw Flats, the Needles

  • The Needles from formation near Squaw Flat - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • The Needles from formation near Squaw Flat - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Top of formation near Squaw Flat - © William Mackesy
  • Formation near Squaw Flat, rock strata colours - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Circuit above Squaw Flats, the Needles

  • A fascinating shortish exploration of a fine sandstone formation.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating81
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating81

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 2 miles, 1+ hr without stops
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Formation near Squaw Flat, rock strata colours - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

As a specimen of the Needles area’s astonishing walking opportunities, Walkopedia walked a circuit above Squaw Flats roadhead – we had an hour spare, so just picked it on the map. An exciting trail with good views and some easy scrambles – but not specially outstanding in such a magnificent area.

This trail leaves Squaw Flat road-end carpark on the route to the Squaw Canyon and Peekaboo trails, turning off quite soon to the right, and circling back across the top of the sprawling local sandstone formation, a ridge of flat tops, knobs and sheer sides. The way is marked by small cairns. 

Good views across Squaw Flats and over a meadowy rock-enclosure to the Needles rampart, through which the Big Springs Canyon Trail departs.

This can be tough walking in hot, dry conditions. Come fully prepared, including carrying plenty of water.

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See our Canyonlands National Park page for more general and practical information and photos.

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Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

© William Mackesy

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