Sand Flats continues to grow in popularity

Hell’s Revenge is a top Moab attraction

Sand Flats Recreation Area Director Andrea Brand updates the Grand County Council on a meeting earlier this month. Photo by Doug McMurdo

The popularity of Sand Flats Recreation Area continues to grow – so much so that one of its attractions, the Hell’s Revenge 4X4 trail, drew more tourists to the region last year than any others that are not named Arches National Park.

Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point round out the top four attractions.

Sand Flats Director Andrea Brand, in an update to the Grand County Council earlier this month, said the nearly 9,000-acre self-sustaining recreation site now in its 24th year collected close to $640,000 in total fees in 2018 and had a little more than $476,000 in expenditures. Sand Flats also received $8,500 in grants.

More than 185,000 visitors came last year to Sand Flats, a somewhat unique partnership between the state park, Grand County and the Bureau of Land Management.

The park’s 125 campsites are distributed over nine campgrounds, which last year got names to replace the single letters that previously identified them. Additionally, the entrance to Fins & Things was relocated to ease the number of vehicles entering a campground.

Employees added three miles to the Slickrock Bike Trail in 2018, a year that also featured publication of Sand Flats’ “Flower Guide to the High Desert,” which can be purchased at Back of Beyond Book Store, Moab Made and the visitor center at Dead Horse Point State Park.

Sand Flats participated in filming and editing the Grand County Travel Council’s education UTV video.

On the subject of Hell’s Revenge, Brand said a contractor built a concrete ramp at the trail’s exit and fencing was put up at both Hell’s Revenge and Fins & Things to keep people from widening the trail.