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Slickrock Trail, Sand Flats Recreationa Area
Bike Trails and Tours > Slickrock Bike Trail, Sand Flats Recreation Area (UT) 
2 miles east of Moab, Utah.
One of the most famous mountain biking trails in the world, the Slickrock Bike Trail, is located at the Sand Flats Recreation Area. This trail was pioneered by motorcyclists in the 1960s, but adopted by mountain bikers in the 1980s. The hilly and steep 12-mile trail can be strenuous, and is suitable only for experienced mountain bikers. But the beauty of the area can be enjoyed by all. The trail is set on sandstone “slickrock,” with spectacular views of Arches National Park, the Colorado River, and the snow-capped La Sal Mountains. Sand Flats is also famous for the Porcupine Rim Bike Trail, and two four-wheel-drive challenges, the Fins & Things Jeep Trail and the Hell’s Revenge Jeep Trail. Visitors should be prepared to share these trails. This popular area, just outside of Moab, enjoys heavy visitor use, especially in the spring and fall.
From the center of Moab, drive south on U.S. Highway 191 to 300 South. Turn left (east) on this street, and follow the signs to the Slickrock Bike Trail. The Sand Flats Entrance Booth is 2 miles from Moab.
Visitor Activities
Biking, hiking, four-wheel driving, and dirt-bike riding.
Special Features
This 7,240-acre wonderland of rock fins and sandstone slabs is minutes from the community of Moab. The ever-present backdrop of the LaSal Mountains frames the scenery, providing spectacular views in every direction.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There is an entrance fee for the Sand Flats Recreation Area. All vehicles are limited to designated roads.
The restrooms at the Slickrock Bike Trailhead are wheelchair-accessible.
Camping and Lodging
A fee is charged for camping. A full range of lodging is available in Moab, including many commercial campgrounds. The Sand Flats Recreation Area also has campgrounds with toilets and fire rings. Additionally, there are 10 BLM campgrounds within 20 miles of the recreation area. (See the Colorado Riverway site description for locations.)
Food and Supplies
Food, supplies, and gas are available in Moab.
First Aid
Allen Memorial Hospital is located in Moab.
Additional Information
Information on four-wheel-drive trails is available at the Sand Flats Entrance Booth.
Contact Information
BLM - Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
Tel: (435) 259-2100

Sand Flats Recreation Area Map

Mountain Biker, Sand Flats Recreation Area

A mountain biker climbs the Porcupine Rim Trail, one of many slickrock trails in the Sand Flats Recreation Area.   (Bill Stevens, BLM Moab Field Office)

Last updated: 10-23-2009