Fins (10/20/2005) Sandstone fins viewed from the road to Sand Flats
Sandstone Fins (10/20/2005) A sandstone cliff marks a homestead just outside SFRA.
Sandstone Cliffs (10/20/2005) Sand Flats Recreation Area is on a sandstone ridge overlooking the Moab Valley. This picture is from near the entrance to the park.
Regulations, Regulations, Regulations (10/20/2005) A display about the park near the park entrance. Yes, you have to pay to get in. They have three boards ... and not one of them included the price of admittance.
Desert Tree (10/20/2005) This is a tree near my campsite. Don't count on finding natural shade. It looks like a juniper.
Sand Flats Recreation Area is a 7320 acre "nationally significant public lands treasure" Southeast of Moab, Utah. The park is home of the famous Slickrock Mountain Bike Trail, Porcupine Rim Bike Trail and the Hell's Revenge Jeep Trail and a number of other trails that lead off into the slickrock.
Sand Flats Recreation Area includes a number of primative campsites. The camp sites include pit toilets, parking spaces and fire grates (you must bring your own wood). The sites do not include trash pick up or RV hookups. There is a dumpster at the Slickrock Bike Trail parking lot. The Moab recycling center on the road out of the park.
When camping in this area, remember you are on an exposed ridge. The reflection of sun off the slickrock is akin to snow. Bring lots of water, it is best to wear white long sleeve shirts and a wide brim hat, wear sunglasses and use plenty of sunblock. (See dressing for the desert).
Dogs are allowed in the park. They must be on leash in the campgrounds. They can be off leash on walks. The park service recommends against taking your dog on the Slickrock Trail. Did I mention that the area is extremely exposed? The reflection of sun off the slickrock is twice as bad for dogs as it is for humans. The sandstone hurts their paws. This is not a dog paradise.
(96 pictures) SFRA is just south of the Colorado River. It includes the rimrock between Negro Bills Canyon and highway 191.
(14 pictures) The Negro Bill Canyon Recreation Area defines the northern boundary of the SFRA.
(53 pictures) The Porcupine Rim Trail starts in the SFRA. It winds follows the rim between Negro Bill and Mill Creek canyon area then follows the Porcupine Ridge (overlooking Castle Valley) before dropping into the Colorado River Canyon.