Sand Flats Campground- Moab UT

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.

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A few miles = a whole different setting

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.

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Dusk settles over our little cluster of campsites with the La Sal Mountains in the background

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.

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Phin on the fin 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.

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Those bumps of sandstone you see are called fins

We only saw one jeep on the trail.

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Cresting the hill
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Will he make? Oh pheww!

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.

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Mill Creek way down below

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.

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Ridges of sandstone
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Slickrock everywhere


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Sandstone mounds

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One Response to “Sand Flats Campground- Moab UT”


  1. LuAnn

    What a fabulous location! We love spots where you can step outside your door and hike into the wilderness. Amazing views!


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