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Behind the Rocks Road

Easy/Intermediate
 2.6 (7)

A sometimes sandy ride across open desert past a unique rock formation with a pair of arches.


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14.5

Miles

23.3

KM

Doubletrack

5,539' 1,688 m

High

4,524' 1,379 m

Low

679' 207 m

Up

1,682' 513 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

From the trailhead near Hwy 191, follow Behind the Rocks road, staying left at the early fork nearly a half mile in. The road is gravelly for the first couple miles, after which it becomes more rocky with some very sandy sections.

Ride as far as you like, then return the way you came, or tie into one of the many other trails in the area. This trail links into a large network of trails in the Prostitute Butte (aka Lone Rock) area, with options to connect to Hunter Canyon, Pritchett Canyon, 24-Hours of Moab Racecourse and Behind the Rocks.

Make sure to check out Prostitute Butte while you're in the area; this large Entrada sandstone formation boasts two arches and some impressive alcoves. As far as Prostitute Butte, the road is easy. Beyond, it becomes moderate.

About 3.5-miles after Prostitute Butte, the road begins to parallel the Kane Canyon Rim. There are some beautiful overlooks out on left turn spur roads in this stretch.

At roughly 6-miles past Prostitute Butte, the road bends right, away from the rim and drops down another 3-miles to a large cottonwood wash. Here, if you wish to continue all the way to the Colorado River rather than retracing your steps, you must decide whether you'll exit via Hunter Canyon Rim (left), or Pritchett Canyon (right). Both trails are beautiful and stout, but Pritchett is by far the easiest to find.

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Shared By:

Curtis Tripp with improvements by FRANK MCKIBBEN

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  2.6 from 7 votes

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#868

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Photos

View of the fins Behind the Rocks.
Dec 5, 2013 near Moab, UT
The trail (upper right) runs atop the impressive rim of Kane Canyon. There are a number of spur roads in this area to get out for a panoramic view, or maybe a BASE jump.
Dec 3, 2013 near Moab, UT
Behind the Rocks in full-on conditions.
Dec 24, 2013 near Moab, UT
An easy stretch of road.
Dec 5, 2013 near Moab, UT

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Nov 25, 2020
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Nov 2, 2020
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Feb 9, 2020
Legs Magillicutty
Soooooo muddy
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Jul 17, 2018
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Sep 26, 2017
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May 23, 2017
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Apr 29, 2017
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sandy