Summary: The 8+ rated Behind the Rocks trail offers extremes in 4-Wheeling from two-track level road to obstacles that most drivers with good sense would avoid. Views of the very rugged Behind the Rocks weather sculpted sandstone are impressive along the way. Running it backwards compounds the difficulty of the key obstacles. Breakdowns are to be expected and roll-overs are not uncommon.
Location: A County Road leaves Highway 191 about 13 miles south of Moab just after climbing a long hill on the highway. The exit is on the right going to the west. Follow the County Road above Kane Creek Canyon to near the top of the Pritchett Canyon Trail. Then turn up Hunter Canyon and the fun begins.
The Trail: The Behind the Rocks trail is very difficult. Some obstacles do allow for bypass while others including White Knuckle Hill do not. This trail is not for the beginner. You will find yourself surrounded by unique weathered sandstone fins and domes just behind the rock cliff that faces Moab. There are several opportunities to pier down into Kane Creek Canyon which bounds the area on the southwest. The trip in through Hunter Canyon is particularly scenic. This trail will be sure to test driver and machine!
One of the most popular trails in Moab. If you fear rolling your vehicle, there are two obstacles, High Dive and White Knuckle, that you may wish to bypass. It’s a short detour to avoid High Dive, but if you take the bypass to White Knuckle, you’re really just taking an early exit route. That’s why most people decide to go down White Knuckle, but with the help of a rear safety strap and lots of people to hold it. Also, extra rocks are usually stacked at the base of the obstacle, making it easier. Operators will be tested and helmets are recommended.