This past Monday marked our fourteen-day limit at the Goose Island Campground. Since we’re still enjoying ourselves in Moab, instead of heading on down the road we packed it up and moved a just few miles to another BLM campground. We chose Sand Flats for its proximity to town, excellent cell service (full bars of Verizon 3G & 2-3 bars of AT&T 4G), and large number of sites. We arrived to find the sites tucked among a spectacular array of sandstone formations.
Sand Flats has 120 sites arranged in nine different loops, or clusters as they call them. Only a fraction of the sites are RV friendly, and very few would fits rigs much bigger than us. We found a nice spot in cluster E that backs up to a wide outcropping of slickrock.
Sand Flats is far more than a campground. This 7,200 acre recreational paradise is known for its mountain biking and 4 x 4 trails. One of the 4 x 4 trails, named Fins and Things, starts in cluster E. After settling into our site, we took our own Phin out for a small hike on this trail.
The “fins” refered to are long, rounded lengths of sandstone often seen in a parrallel arrangement. I guess the “things” must be all the other sandstone formations.
We only saw one jeep on the trail.
Yesterday afternoon we took another hike behind the campground. This time we went off trail in search of the Mill Creek Canyon. After a mile of scampering up and down the sandstone we found it.
We could just make out the path that winds along the bottom of the canyon. Phineas was eyeing the river below, so I think we’ll have to check out the Mill Creek trail sometime this week. Here’s a few more photos of the area.