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Sand Flats 4x4 Road, Moab, UT

Four-wheel drive is usually not required except at east end

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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 19.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Road traverses entire length of Sand Flats Recreation Area and climbs into the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Make a loop by circling... more »

Tips:  A great family outing in a stock SUVs. All kinds of activities in Sand Flats Recreation Area. Fee required if you plan to stop and do ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start Here

Head east uphill on paved road past the cemetery.

2. Toll Booth

A toll booth marks the entrance to Sand Flats Recreation Area. If you plan to drive any trails in the area, camp, hike or anything else, you'll need to pay a small fee. If you can convince them you are just passing through and will not be stopping, they sometimes wave the fee. You may want to pay the fee anyway just to get a copy of their handy... More

3. Entrance to Slickrock Bike Trail

On left is large parking area for the famous Slickrock Bike Trail. Soon after, you go around a bend and the pavement ends.

4. Campground E

On the right is Campground E. Popular Fins N Things 4x4 Trail starts from camp spot E7. (This trail is available as eGuide from FunTreks on EveryTrail.)

5. Diving Board Rock

After passing Campgrounds F and H, you pass through a narrow canyon. Soon after, watch for unique Diving Board Rock on the left. Immediately after that, on left, is a road that begins the north side of Fins N Things 4x4 Trail.

6. Porcupine Rim Trail

After going past Juniper Campground, you arrive at parking lot on right for Porcupine Rim Trail, which leaves from north side of road. This is a very popular mountain bike trail. (The BLM has been discouraging use by motorized, but it's still not completely outlawed.) Continue east after that as you leave Sand Flats Recreation Area and begin... More

7. Left Goes to Viewpoint

As you climb into the mountains, the road gets steeper, and depending on conditions and weather, you may need 4-wheel drive. As the road curves south, watch for Forest Road 4632 on the left. This goes to Porcupine Rim Campground and at the end of the short road is a fantastic viewpoint of Castle Valley. This side road is quite rutted and... More

8. End of Sand Flats Road

Sand Flats Road ends at La Sal Mountain Loop Road. Right connects to Spanish Valley Drive back to Moab (26 miles). Left goes through Castle Valley and connects with Highway 128 back to Moab (39 miles). Both ways are pleasant scenic drives on paved roads.