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The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Canyonland   Backpacking: Arches/Canyonlands  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 7 2022  8:00 am >> Sat, May 14 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Dec 17 2021 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Dec 31 2021 12:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Days 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:27 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Lisa Maldonado
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Member Cost:$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:7
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


There is no other place like The Needles in Canyonland.   (see attached links for descriptions and photos) Names (and even photos) like Upper Lost Canyon, Chesler Park Overlook, Druid Arch, Peekaboo Spring and Elephant Canyon only hint at what we will explore! We will spend 4 nights camping and 4 days daypacking the Big Needles backcountry. (There will be a short 2 mile backpack to our 2 nights camping IN the backcountry.) We will have two 4-door SUVs. We will spend a day at nearby Arches.  Weather this time of year is almost always sunny with highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s. There will be some bolder scrambling over buttes and into canyons. Canyon bottom trails are sandy along dry riverbeds and vegetation (some in bloom). Over buttes we follow cairnes with wide views and skirting giant canyon walls.  

This trip is a minimum group size of 4 and maximum of 7. All who sign- up will be first placed on waitlist until trip leader approval based on capability and compatability. If approved, Trip Leader will move you over. (See anticipated costs for flight, ground transportaion, camping fees, permits,  hotel under additional notes.) There is a $25.00 fee to AOC for all extended travel events.

 Saturday, May 7:  Fly into Grand Junction . Then drive 2.5 hours to the Needles Outpost Campgound.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; May 8,9,10,11. Day hike Needles

Wed May 11: Explore Arches and Moab

Fri. May 13: Return to grand Junction CO, Hang out near mountains.

Sat. May 14: Return to Atlanta. country-southern-utah/big-needles-loop-canyonlands

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Appropriate backpacking/camping equipment for the weather and environment.  (Details to follow to qualified participants) 


Anticipated cost for each person:

Roundtrip airfare to Grand Junction Colorado Approx. $325, 

Camping fees and permits $50 to $75 depending on number of participants. 

Approx. $190 Shared hotel rooms with one roommate where possible (2 night Moab, 1 nights Grand Junction):

Approx. $175 - $250 (depending on number of participants) Share of car rental and fuel

Trip Leaders will coordinate payment as a group for camping reservations, hotels and car rental. These payments will be due by February 1.

The payment of $25 only covers AOC Service Fee. All costs (transportation, lodging, meals & drinks, and etc.) are paid by members on their own. The $25.00 AOC fee must be paid by February 1 per AOC guidelines (see below)

Cancellation by participant before February 1 will receive:

  • $25.00 (full) refund minus the 3% PayPal fee. 
  • Full refund of payment to trip leader 

After February 1 there will be no refund for $25.00 or payment to trip leader. 

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$25.00/Person
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Dec 31 2021.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.