Needles Outpost & Campground
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Monticello, UT 84535
GPS: 38.174, -109.7419
|Last Price Paid:||$24|
|Number of Sites:||26|
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40 Newmar All-Star
The Free Five would stay here again
“Dry Camping right next to the park”
Reviewed Mar 02, 2018
Needles Outpost is a smallish piece of private land adjacent to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Over the course of its long history, it's been the only private campground in this part of Utah, which is completely off the grid.
Reviews, from any source, of Needles Outpost prior to the Spring of 2017 should be discarded. The Outpost is under new ownership and management. Previously the State of Utah owned the land and lease the business - in early 2017 Utah put the land up for auction - it was purchased by a land conservationist and donated to the Nature Conservancy. The current proprietors of the Outpost have a long-term lease to maintain the outpost and campground.
The campground offers a few tepees, several tent sites, group sites and a variety of other sites that can fit various sizes of RV. This campground is off the grid - there is no electricity and no potable water, and no cell phone service*, so camping it primitive.
The roads in the campground are primarily dirt and could be problematic in wet weather. It's recommended that larger RV's scout ahead from the main outpost building before driving to the camp area.
There is a general store that includes a fuel station - this is the only place to get gas without driving to Moab or Monticello. The proprietors will occasionally cook meals.
There is a fully-functioning bathhouse with flush toilets and showers. Water is trucked in daily from the National park - showers are not free but are a nice benefit in an otherwise waterless area.
RV's and campers can get water in the National Park campground.
There are a couple miles of unmaintained trails on the property that lead to the top of the redrock behind the campground.
The Campground also an unofficial overflow for the National Park campground, which is frequently full.
Overall this is a good, if primitive, campground - mainly because of it's location. There are some BLM camping opportunities nearby as well the National Park.
*There is no cellular coverage in this area. The store has a cellular antenna and booster pointed at the Verizon tower near Monticello. This provides enough signal for voice calls and very limited data. The hosts also offer WiFi for a daily or weekly charge - the WiFi connects to their Hughesnet satellite system and only works near the main building. The WiFi will not reach the actual campsites, but those with WiFi boosters might be able to get some signal.
The only other WiFi in the area is at the National Park Visitor Center, but that Wifi is usually swamped with users. Overall, this area is a cellular and internet dark zone - enjoy being disconnected!
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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- dry camping
- wifi: pay
- recreation trail
- fire ring
- picnic table
- general store
- group sites
- restrooms: flush
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