Driving Fins and Things in Moab

Cruise the desert landscape of the Sand Flats Recreation Area with the iconic Fins and Things in Moab. Just 15 minutes outside of downtown, you’ll find a world-class safari route that offers plenty of off-road driving, unique landscapes, and exceptional adventure. Here’s what you need to know to ride on the Fins and Things Road.

Where is Fins and Things in Moab?

You’ll find the Fins and Things Safari Route 15 minutes east of Moab right near the Echo Campground. Take Mill Creek Drive east until a Y-like intersection (you’ll go straight) onto Sand Flats Road. Continue down the road until you reach the Echo Campground. From here, you’ll see signs for the Fins and Things Road.

Practical Trail Information

First, there are a few things to know before you hit the trail on Fins and Things Road in Moab. This 9.4-mile loop is one way only, meaning you can only enter the road 1.8 miles from the Entrance Station on the right side of the road.

OHV’s such as dirt bikes, quads, and side-by-sides are also allowed to use this trail. Keep in mind that OHV’s are permitted on the Sand Flats Road, making the entire loop possible.

The Fins and Things Trail gets a 5 out of 10 difficulty rating, meaning the road is relatively rough. Only experienced drivers with off-road capable vehicles, tires, and equipment should attempt this route. The maximum speed limit is 15 miles an hour.

You’ll follow the path via white markers and signs along the trail. Keep in mind there are a few junctions where the easier ground is possible, these are marked with white dots.

At mile 0.3 you’ll see a turnoff for a harder, steep sandhill, going left is easier. Continue along a series of steep drops through slick rock. You’ll drive through Fox Campground so be courteous as you roll through. You’ll also pass through Hawk Campground (stay right, left is a toilet), Diving Board Rock, and then bear right to avoid the Porcupine 4x4 Trail. Keep an eye out for symbols until you exit onto the main road at mile 7.7.

Pro Tip: The Fins and Things Trail in Moab is only open during day use only. This means that one hour before sunset until a half-hour before sunrise, the trail is closed.

Tips for Driving Fins and Things in Moab

Before you hit the trail be sure to be prepared with these quick tips for off-road driving in the desert:

  • Pack all of your supplies. Rescue is tough to find in the open desert, so be sure to have tools to fix common breaks in your vehicle. 
  • Bring extra snacks, sunscreen, and water. You need to take care of your passengers too!
  • Stay on the trail. The desert is a delicate place and at Fins and Things, there are no play driving areas.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Attempting to 4-wheel after or during a rainstorm in the desert has disastrous consequences. A good rule of thumb is to wait 24 hours after the last rain.

Fins and Things in Moab is not to be missed. You’ll crawl your way through challenging obstacles and interesting rock features in this desert wonderland.