UTVs or Utility Terrain Vehicles are welcome on all the same trails as 4×4’s. UTVs are prohibited on the Slickrock Bike Trail and the single-track portions of the Porcupine Rim/Whole Enchilada trail system. Remember that motorized traffic yields to non-motorized traffic. Please note that travel is limited to designated trails and that cross-country travel is not permitted. Stay on the trail. Pack it in. Pack it out. Responsible recreation keeps this trail clean, scenic and OPEN. For current OHV regulations please visit www.stateparks.utah.gov
Where can I ride my E-Bike in Sand Flats?
E-Bikes are considered motorized vehicles on public lands, therefore they are prohibited on non-motorized trail sections, such as the single-track portions of the Porcupine Rim/Whole Enchilada trail systems. E-Bikes are welcome on the Slickrock Bike Trail and on all of the 4×4 trails in Sand Flats. Remember that motorized traffic yields to non-motorized traffic. Please note that travel is limited to designated trails and that cross-country travel is not permitted. Stay on the trail. Pack it in. Pack it out. Responsible recreation keeps this trail clean, scenic and OPEN.
Does Sand Flats have four-wheel drive trails?
What do I need to know to “play it safe” when recreating at Sand Flats?
Moab’s Four-wheel drive trails are world renowned for their combination of challenge and awesome scenery. Sand Flats Recreation Area offers 3 trails: Fins and Things 4×4 Trail, Porcupine Rim Trail, and Hell’s Revenge 4×4 Trail all rated difficult. Stock vehicles are not recommended on Porcupine 4×4 Trail and the Helll’s Revenge Trail. A stock vehicle can be on the Fins and Things 4×4 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.
Do not trample vegetation or biological soil crusts. 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. For current OHV regulations please visit Utah State Parks.
The Moab area offers challenging riding amidst world-class scenery. The characteristics of the area that make it a special place for riding also make it extremely important to follow basic safety procedures. The Moab Bike Patrol has this to say:
Wear a helmet. Most trails are very rocky. Even the best riders can get tired and make mistakes. Helmets can prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries. Carry lots of water and high-energy food. At least a gallon of water is recommended per person per day. There is no water on the trails and summer temperatures often climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Running out of water will put your health at risk. Eating at intervals provides an opportunity to rest and the energy needed to complete the ride. Carry trail maps and know how to use them to track your position. Maps for Slickrock and Porcupine Rim trails are located at the trailheads and entrance station. Maps for 4WD roads are available at the entrance station. Detailed topographic maps are available in Moab at bike shops, bookstores and the Moab Information Center. Stay found, save money. Grand County has the highest incidence of search and rescue in Utah. The high cost of these operations is normally the responsibility of the rescued party. If you decide that you have lost the trail, do not continue on in hopes of finding your own way. Retrace your route back towards the trailhead until you pick up the trail, find someone who knows the area, or return to the trailhead. If you cannot retrace your route, stay put, conserve energy and water, make yourself visible and await rescue. It’s always a good idea to let a friend or relative know beforehand where you are going and when you should return. If something goes wrong you have the comfort of knowing that they will get help. Check your bike frequently. Riding in Moab trails loosens headsets and puts maximum stress upon frames and components. Frequent inspections reduce the possibility of injury. Be prepared in case of emergency. Don’t venture into remote areas with nothing but a t-shirt and shorts. Carry a windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, maps, matches or lighter, pump, patch kit, first-aid kit, a good bike tool kit and extra food, water and clothing. Ride with someone else and stay together in case of problems. Discuss your situation calmly and make a plan to improve it.
What are some safety tips for traveling in the Sand Flats backcountry by motorized vehicle?
Can I bring my dog?
Let someone know your itinerary. First and foremost it’s always a good idea to let a friend or relative know beforehand where you are going and when you should return. If something goes wrong you have the comfort of knowing that they will get help.Travel with another vehicle. Your chances of getting stuck in the backcountry are reduced with two vehicles; if one breaks down you have a way out.
Carry trail maps and know how to use them to track your position. Maps for all trails are located at trailheads and the entrance station. Detailed topographic maps and guidebooks are available in Moab at bike shops, bookstores and the Moab Information Center.
If you decide that you have lost the trail, do not continue on in hopes of finding your own way. Retrace your route back towards the trailhead until you pick up the trail. Changing conditions- Directional signs may be removed or vandalized. New roads can spring up. Use your map or guidebook but exercise common sense when discrepancies occur.
Inspect your vehicle. Before going in the backcountry make sure that your vehicle it is in top operating condition. Drive or ride safe and sober. It is illegal in Utah for any occupant of a vehicle to drink or even open an alcoholic beverage. Please remember to buckle up.
Do you waive fees for volunteer groups?
Yes, but please note that Grand County "Animal Care and Control" code does apply.
- All dogs shall be kept under restraint.
- No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his or her animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.
In the campground animals must be on a leash secured to a fixed object or under the control of a person or otherwise physically restricted at all times. In the backcountry dogs need to be under restraint and not chase or harass people or wildlife. No unattended dogs.
Helpful Information for Dog Owners
- A good place to take your dog for a walk is to hike one of the less used 4×4 trails such as the Porcupine 4×4 trail or Porcupine Rim trail.
- If you are riding one of the bike trails leave your dog at one of the Moab kennels listed below.
- Most dogs are not used to running on sandstone, which acts like sandpaper on their paws.
- Never leave your dog in a parked car; temperatures rise to dangerously high levels quickly in the desert.
- Owners should carry water for their pet.
- Owners need to clean up after their pet.
Moab Veterinary Clinic: 435-259-8710
Karen’s Canine Campground: 435-259-7922
For lost dogs or problem dogs call Animal Control at 435-259-8115.
As a self-sustaining program we cannot afford to waive fees. We will, however, waive up to half of the camping fees for at least one full day of volunteer service. This half price fee is at the decision of the manager.
We also have a scheduled volunteer service program that gives participants an annual pass for day-use valued at $25.00. Dates for these events are advertised in local papers and radio and usually held in the spring and fall.
The volunteer labor of local and visiting volunteer groups are important contributions to operations at the Sand Flats Recreation Area.
Does Sand Flats Recreation Area accept credit cards for payment?
Yes, there is a $1.50 charge.
What are the Sand Flats Recreation Area day use regulations?
What is the LPS trail?
- The right to use public lands comes with the responsibility of caring for those lands.
- Operation of motorized vehicle or mountain bike off designated roads and trails is a class A
misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment and/or forfeiture of vehicle. To report off road travel
or vandalism call 435-259-8115.
- Drive or Ride Safe and Sober.
- Maximum speed on 4X4 trails is 15 MPH.
- The Fins and Things 4×4 trail section that lies south of the Sand Flats road is open for Day Use Only
and restricted one half hour before sunset until one half hour after sunrise.
- There are no open play areas, campgrounds included.
- Parking is provided in designated areas. Do not park on vegetation or on roadside shoulders.
- Do not litter. A trash dumpster and recycling bin is located at the Slickrock Bike Trail parking lot.
- Use toilets located at trailheads and in campgrounds.
- No Shooting or Fireworks.
- For emergencies call 911.
- Dogs must be kept under restraint. No unattended dogs. Please clean up after your pet.
The higher entry point for the Porcupine Rim Trail within the Sand Flats Recreation Area is the Lower Porcupine Single-track or LPS trail. The LPS trailhead is at the Manti La Sal National Forest boundary, 11 miles east of the Sand Flats Entrance Station on the Sand Flats road. No motorized vehicles, which includes e-bikes, are permitted on LPS.
The LPS trail is technically challenging. The trail splits into a rim ride section and the Notch section. The Notch is for experts only. The rim ride section has an entry drop that is difficult. Most hoof it over these obstacles. The trail has numerous drops and slickrock to negotiate. Average grade is 11%. LPS is the 5th ride of the Whole Enchilada.