Fins and Things

4.8/5 (83 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 09/01/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Are you looking for a trail close to Moab that optimizes the Moab experience? Then head directly to Sand Flats Recreation Area for Fins and Things! This is definitely one of the first slickrock style trails you must try to experience the difference in traction that the sandstone gives to the 4x4 experience. The "slickrock" isn't slick at all, and by airing down your tires, you will be amazed to climb 50-60 degree inclines without any slippage. This particular trail packs in a tremendous amount of fun and big views of the La Sal Mountains in the background while driving on the mysterious-looking "Fins and Things." "Slickrock" was phrased when the early western settlers crossed this sandstone with wagons with wood wheels on steel rims. They didn't have the traction that you will have out here; as a matter of fact, they found it rather "slick." Imagine facing down a 50-degree slope on wood and steel wheels! "Fins" are the Navajo Sandstone slickrock formations northeast of Moab, and the "things" are what remain as the fins erode. The fins started as wind-blown sand dunes some 200 million years ago, they got cemented into sandstone, and they are now going full circle back to sand blowing in the wind.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Fins and Things is almost entirely on slickrock or very sandy dirt. A few of the climbs are aggravated by a loose sand approach, with the sand being deep or shallow. Please remember to stay on the marked route and follow the one-way signs, as vehicles are allowed only on designated roads within the Sand Flats Recreation Area. This trail can be accomplished by most 4x4 vehicles, and most more challenging obstacles have a bypass. Following the trail: Fins and Things is a two-stage trail. Stage 1 is on the south side of Sand Flats Road and is one-way travel, whereas stage 2 is on the north side of Sand Flats Road. Once finishing stage 1, you will travel east on Sand Flats Road for a short distance to reach the stage 2 trailhead. The entrances and exits do change from time to time but are well-signed. Always follow the signage versus the GPX in the event of trail alignment changes. The trail is marked with painted dinosaur (stegosaur) symbols or stripes. If you are uncertain about the direction of the trail on slickrock, follow the black marks and white paint. Location: Fins and Things is located within the Sand Flats Recreations Area and managed through a partnership between Grand County and the BLM. All 4X4s, ATVs, motorcycles, and bikes must remain on designated roads and trails. There are no open play areas within Sand Flats. Penalties for violations of trail use can include, among other things, forfeiture of vehicle. Please Stay on the trail! Remember, indiscriminate vehicle tracks represent the theft of beauty that you came here to see. Fee: There is a fee to use this recreation area. The fee is $5.00 a day or $10.00 a week per vehicle. You can also purchase an annual pass for $25.00. There is a pay station at the Sand Flats Recreation Area entrance.
Avoid when ice and or snow are present.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (83 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It was a fun easy trail with a few obstacles. I can see where a few obstacles where an inexperience off roader might be a little intimidated. We ran it in a modified Tacoma (33s, 3' lift, bumper, hitch skid, etc) with no issue. Its a perfect first trail if you're new to slick rock. Its also right next to hells revenge so it would be pretty easy to make a day out of both of these trails.
Trail Review: Fins and Things - Bill Mehas
Trail Review: Fins and Things - Bill Mehas
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Pretty Easy trail but lots of fun and its awesome because it's so close to town. Trail Traffic can get heavy with dirtbikes and side by sides but that makes it fun to me. Ran it in a Titan Swapped Nissan Xterra with a buddy who was in a JL on 35s with 2 in lift.
Status: Open
Visited: 10/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This is just about the south section because the wife didn't want to do the north this year. There are a couple of spots that are getting pretty gnarly; spots that I cleared in past years but bottomed out this year. Still a fun, epic trail, but it's more difficult than a 4 at this time.
Tyler
1100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

WHAT A BLAST! I ran this in my 21 Gladiator Rubicon with a 2 inch lift and aired down 35 inch tires. If you’re going to run this in a gladiator or something with a longer wheel base I highly recommend a hitch skid. We took most of the difficult lines and on a majority of them we rubbed our hitch. The obstacles are great because they slowly build your confidence if you’ve never done a trail this technical! Highly recommend!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/08/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Me and my boy had a GREAT time on this trail! So much fun. Might have to do it again. Great vistas at sunset.

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