Behind The Rocks Trail

Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area, Utah

Elevation Gain1,764ft
Trailhead Elevation4,526ft
Elevation Min/Max4526/5411ft
Elevation Start/End4526/4526ft

Behind The Rocks Trail

Behind The Rocks Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 4,526 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,764 feet. This trail connects with the following: Pritchett Canyon Trail.

Behind The Rocks Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This loop ride will surely challenge you technical skills and should only be attempted by advanced riders. It is VERY sandy and VERY rocky. The deal with this trail is that it is alternately very soft and very hard, never easy, and even when it gets flat, which is seldom, it is bumpy or sandy.

This ride is perfect for hammerheads who love to test their skills. The trail ranges from brutally slow and slogging to scary fast. The first half of the ride really beats you up. The second half, which takes place on the Back of Behind Trail, ores you silly, though most of the maintained road is downhill. Trail Surface: Technical jeep trail and maintained county road. Rolling hills, bedrock insults like repeated vertical slabs and stone ruts, sand, and a bit of slickrock and loose rubble."

"This 27-mile point-to-point ride begins by tracing dirt double-track roads through an area webbed with old prospecting roads. Staying on the route often demands great attention to detail (although the trail does typically follow the most beaten path).

Hard-packed sand, as well as soft wash sand—particularly annoying after extended dry weather—is encountered over the first 17 miles; then, from Yellow Hill on down through Pritchett Canyon, the trail turns into a rugged four-wheel-drive byway as it drops off ledge after ledge of Navajo sandstone. Loose cobbles help keep things interesting, too. It’s a long one, with enough aerobic and technical challenges to please any advanced fat-tire fanatic, yet manageable by intermediate to advanced-intermediate riders. The scenery encompasses open flats, views of the orange-hued fins of Behind the Rocks, a terrific overlook on Kane Creek Canyon and the marvelous, wild beauty of Pritchett Canyon, which serves as a portion of the boundary of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. General location: South of Moab, between US 191 and Kane Creek Road."

"This is a mentally tiring ride demanding constant concentration. The route initially follows a portion of the 24 Hours of Moab bike race course, which is so technical you may wonder what made you pick this trail.

But it’s a fun ride for those ready for a wide variety of challenges. It also loops well by turning left at mile 13.2 to return via a technically mellow road to Prostitute Butte (see map for options)."

Behind The Rocks Trail Reviews

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Climbs were moderately steep with rocks and underlying sand. Several technical rock outcrop drops and climbs. You''ll need to pay attention and pick your lines. One long sandy climb (walk) and one long very deep sand descent with multiple corners. One large ravine crossing "Nose-dive Hill" that is unrideable, accept by the most extreme riders. Great two-track stretches, fast in places, but be careful rocky sections and gulleys break up some of these stretches. Overall, a terrific trail experience, beautiful scenary, and lots of fun riding. Several 4WD road options to extend the length or loops to this trail. Stay on trail to protect cryptogramic soils. Avoid riding this area from late May through late August due to heat and lack of water. This area is the site of the 24 Hours of Moab Race during the middle of October.

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Trail Information

Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area
Nearby City
Behind The Rocks Wilderness Study Area

Bureau of Land Management, 435-259-2196
Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Contacts
Moab Map
USGS Kane Springs Canyon, Trough Springs, and Moab; Moab West Trail Map; Moab Recreation Map.
USGS Kane Springs Canyon, Trough Springs, Moab
Local Maps