Is there anything better than off-road vehicles, rock formations, dinosaur tracks, and good friends? If this sounds like your jam, then you’ve got to head to Hells Revenge, a 6.5-mile trail recommended only for experienced drivers. Bring your high clearance and full articulation beast for some sword-slaying battles in a place where dinosaurs certainly roamed the earth. A descent through Hells Gate will get your heart pumping as you pray you nail the landing. It will be a day filled with hoots and laughter, and hopefully no tears (as we know vehicle fixes on the trail can be almost as brutal as telling your wife you need a new axle…).
The Logistics of Getting There
Rated a 6 by the Red-Rock Four-Wheelers, Hell’s Revenge Trail is not one you want to miss during your visit to Hells Gate. Located within the Sand Flats Recreation Area, be sure to check out their website for information pertaining to rules, campsite availability, and maps. For quick planning purposes, know that there is a campground located near the entrance to the Hell’s Revenge trailhead.
From Moab, head east on Millcreek Dr for about half a mile, where it will continue on Sand Flats Rd for less than half a mile. Once you’ve entered Sand Flats Recreation Area, the entrance to Hell’s Revenge will be your first left.
Some Ground Rules
Rock crawling on a clearly marked trail takes away some of the tension, and we highly recommend (and by “recommend” we mean “absolutely insist”) you stay on the trail as attempting “open play” could result in a Class A misdemeanor. Nobody wants their very expensive off-rode vehicle taken away, so please don’t do that. And we especially don’t want to wreck this amazing outdoor playground for everyone. The maximum speed allowed on this trail is 15 mph. Do not exceed this as the trail does intersect with mountain bike trails and motorcycles. Use caution at all times.
You Survived Hells Gate in Utah! Now What?
This calls for a celebration, of course! Check out some of our favorite hot spots in Moab to have a pint and recap your days adventures. A local favorite is Moab Brewery, where the burgers are always delicious, the beer is always cold, and if you plan it right, you might stumble upon their 25-cent wing special. Another fan fav is Eddie McStiff’s, because sometimes your group just can’t decide between a gourmet pizza, specialty sandwiches, or even a loaded burrito, so you’ve got to get them all.
On the off chance that you don’t feel much like celebrating, rest assured Moab also specializes in a plethora of auto repair shops…You know, in case you’re wondering how you’re going to get home after (unsuccessfully) attempting that descent into hell. Oops!