Sand Flats Recreation Area

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Sand Flats Recreation Area


(435) 259-2100

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The Sand Flats Recreation Area (SFRA) near Moab, Utah is a nationally significant public lands treasure at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. A high plain of slickrock domes, bowls and fins, it rises on the south to meet the colorful mesas and nearly 13,000 foot peaks of the La Sal Mountains. Cutting into the area on the east and west are the canyons of the Negro Bill and Mill Creek Wilderness Study Areas. To the north lies the deep gorge of the Colorado River and a hundred mile vista over Arches National Park. Sand Flats Recreation Area is home to the famous Slickrock Bike Trail enjoyed annually by over 100,000 visitors. The 7,320 acre SFRA is also popular for camping and jeeping and is seeing an increase in motorcycle and ATV use. The Sand Flats Recreation Area is managed through a unique partnership between Grand County and the Bureau of Land Management

Map of Sand Flats Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 38.583261, -109.524823



  • Bicycling

    This area is a veritable mecca for fat tire enthusiasts, so grab your camelback, strap on your helmet, and get on out onto that slickrock for the ride of your life. Established trails are as follows: The Slickrock Trail (Mile 0.7 from the entrance booth). Open to bikes and motorcycles. Porcupine Rim Trail (7.1) Open to bikes; trail begins at the east end of the Recreation Area. Fins & Fins Jeep Trail (2.0) This trail is marked with white arrows and stegasauri; because of hazardous terrain and uncertain road conditions, it is recommended only for experienced drivers. Porcupine Jeep Trail (2.2) This moderate course spans the northeast section of the Sand Flats Recreation Area. Hell`s Revenge Jeep Trail (0.1) This trail begins by the west entrance of the Sand Flats Recreation Area. An unmarked and hazardous course, this trail is recommended only for skilled drivers with a trip leader who knows the route.

  • Camping

    Campground offers 120 sites on a first come, first-served basis. Water is not provided. Each site may only have two vehicles and 10 people. Bring your own firewood and be sure to build your fire in the proper metal fire ring. Toilets are available and quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Two reservable group sites are also present.

  • Hiking

    Enjoy hiking the 7,240 acres that the Sand Flats Recreation Area encompasses.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Moab's four-wheel drive trails are world renowned for their combination of challenge and awesome scenery. Sand Flats Recreation Area offers three trails: Fins and Things Jeep Trail, Porcupine Rim Trail and Hells Revenge Jeep Trail all rated difficult. Stock vehicles are not recommended on Porcupine Jeep Trail and Hell's Revenge. A stock vehicle can be on the Fins and Things Trail if it has good articulation, high ground clearance, and adequate front and rear approach angles. Please note that travel is limited to designated trails and that cross-country travel is not permitted. The Moab area offers literally thousands of miles of old roads. Stay on the trails and leave the scenery for others to enjoy. Tracking the landscape is one of the most lasting forms of damage. Enjoy the trails and please do not leave tracks. Stay on the trail. Do not trample vegetation or cryptobiotic crust. Avoid driving in potholes. Respect all living things. The desert is an irreplaceable gift. Pack it in. Pack it out. Responsible recreation keeps this trail clean, scenic and OPEN.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged.



From Moab go 2 miles east on Sand Flats Road.

Phone Numbers


(435) 259-2100