Colorado River Overlook

Monticello, Utah (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 02/04/2018
4.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: Colorado River Overlook
Situated in the Canyonlands Needles District, this four-wheel drive road offers a quick trip to the cliffs overlooking the mighty Colorado River. The Overlook is the easiest of backcountry roads within the Needles District, which has over 50 miles of roads which all lead you through the natural wonders of the area. This road takes you through the high desert with wide open views and it ends with an amazing view of the Colorado River and its associated canyons. A great side trip for anyone visiting the park that wants to get off the pavement.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead begins at the back of the parking lot for the Needles District Visitors Center. Follow the dirt road northwest.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Moab, Utah

Drive south 40 miles on 191 and turn right/west onto 211. Follow 211 west for roughly 34 miles to the Guard Station at Canyonlands National Park. Continue about 1/2 mile and turn right into the Canyonlands Visitor Center. The road starts at the end of the parking lot of the Visitor Center.


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Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Hello I love the videos.. my question; I have a stock 2018 JL Rubicon. will I get thru this easily? and in your opinion what is the most challenging trail rate can my vehicle safely manage? Thanks Dominic
–Dominic Bertani (06/14/2019)
–Todd (06/14/2019)
Q: Can a 2017 Tacoma TRD Off Road make this the whole way if there is no lift on it yet?
–jeff kane (05/10/2018)
–Todd (05/10/2018)

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Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
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