Sand Flats Recreation Area
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Moisture Prompts Fire Officials to Decrease Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Utah. Fires are now permitted in metal fire rings at Sand Flats campgrounds. Visit https://utahfireinfo.gov for more information.
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Sand Flats Recreation Area (SFRA) near Moab, Utah is a nationally significant public lands treasure at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. A high plain of slickrock domes, bowls and fins, it rises in the east to meet the colorful mesas and nearly 13,000 foot peaks of the La Sal Mountains.Bordering the area on the north and south are the canyons of the Grandstaff Canyon and Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Areas. Further north lies the deep gorge of the Colorado River and Arches National Park.
ActivitiesSand Flats’ famous Slickrock and Porcupine Rim bike trails and almost 30 miles of 4x4 trails including Fins and Things and Hell's Revenge trails are world-renowned for their combination of challenge and awesome scenery. Sand Flats is also popular for camping. Approximately 200,000 visitors enjoy this 9,000 acre recreation area annually.
Sand Flats has 140 individual campsites offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and six reservable group campsites available through Recreation.gov. In the spring and fall campgrounds are typically full Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 75% to full other nights. Approximately 20% of the campsites turn over each morning. Your best chance of getting a campsite is to arrive before noon. For detailed information please go to the Camping section . You can also check out our Facebook link below for current updates.
Management & MissionThe Sand Flats Recreation Area is managed through a unique partnership between Grand County and the Bureau of Land Management. In 1995 this area was developed through the collaborative efforts of Americorps, the Bureau of Land Management, Grand County and the Moab community.
Sand Flats’ mission is to protect the natural features of the area from adverse recreational impacts while providing access to sustainable and enjoyable recreational opportunities.
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