Summary: The 4 rated Fins ‘N Things trail runs along both sides of Sand Flats Road between the much more difficult Hell’s Revenge trail and the much higher Porcupine Rim trail. Steep climbs up and descents down Navajo Sandstone slickrock fins provide the excitement and the “things” leftover as the sandstone erodes provide interesting views.
Location: The trail starts several miles east of Moab on Sand Flats Road. You will pass the Moab Dump, Lion’s Back, Hell’s Revenge, and the Slick Rock Bike Trail along the way. The trail starts on the right, but there are many turn-offs and the trail route is intersected by other trails at many points along the way. So it is hard to follow without a trail leader that is familiar with it. The trail works the slick rock fins on the south side of the road in an easterly direction until it nears the turn off for Porcupine Rim. Then it crosses Sand Flats Road and works the fins on the north side in a westerly direction back toward the Slick Rock Bike Trail.
The Trail: Unbelievable fun and fantastic scenery. Like driving through a giant roller-coaster park. It is very well marked. Outstanding trail for UTVs. Helmets are strongly advised. The southern half is daylight hours only.
Most of the trail is slick rock but there is some loose deep sand. One steep sand hill near the beginning of the trail will give some vehicles problems if it is very dry. There are several steep ups and downs on slick rock. Drivers with near stock vehicles and little experience are well-advised to take the bypass at Ken’s Climb.
The scenery, as usual in this area, is exquisite. Views of the snowcapped La Sal Mountains and the Porcupine Rim Ridge dominate to the east. There are some glimpses down into Negro Bill Canyon to the north. But most interesting are the sandstone “Fins ‘N Things”.
Note: When registering for the event, please be advised there are two separate groups on the Fins ‘N Things trail on the same day. They are referred to as ‘Fins ‘N Things’ and ‘Fins ‘N Things 2’. The #2 group starts a few minutes after the first group has departed and is the same trail.