The unincorporated community of Needleton is very secluded east from the Highway 550. It’s mainly visited for hikers departing on overnight backpacking trips into Chicago Basin.
It resides at 8,277 feet of elevation in San Juan County. Nearly everyone who comes by Needleton does so via the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. There is one of two remaining wooden water tanks for this railroad located close by to the north.
People who exit the Durango train in Needleton mostly all do so to hike out into the Chicago Basin. They bring their backpacks and overnight camp in the Weminuche Wilderness. They let the train know the day they will be returning and await at the flag stop for pick up.
It was formerly a station along the now defunct Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. It had its own post office, which operated from May of 1882 to January of 1919. The former train station was torn to pieces in a 1927 flood.
Activities near Needleton