Sand Flats Recreational Area is right above Moab, Utah. It is a benchland of slickrock, fins, bowls, desert sand and domes, used by jeep owners and mountain bikers. It is the home of the world famous Slickrock Trail. There are campgrounds too so the area can be a busy place in-season. In the winter months, locals do hike the hills. We hiked the area twice during busy times, but we went well away from the designated trails, crossing slickrock into areas unsuitable for jeeps or mountain bikes.
We worked our way over to Negro Bill Canyon which is flanked by cliffs and steep fins. We took some creative scrambling routes to descend to spot on cliff’s edge with a glimpse of Morning Glory Arch.
For those traveling to Moab to hike, there are far better areas for hiking than Sand Flats. This would include all four Districts of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and some gems around Moab – Corona Arch, Amasa Back, Hidden Valley, Fisher Towers, and more. Hiking Sand Flats requires some local knowledge, developing routes through trial-and-error over time.