UTV ATV Trail in Moab Fins & Things

Updated on March 22, 2016

Fins & Things a Moab Trail

Are you ready for more UTV Moab Trail adventures? 

Today we are going to take a trip to Fins & Things in Moab, Utah.  This trail is one of the more challenging areas in Moab. 

If driving a UTV is a new experience for you, you might want to start with some easier trails in Moab, like ones I have written about here, Chicken Corners, and here, Onion Creek. 

Moab Trail Fins & Things

Time for another great Moab UTV trail ride.
Time for another great Moab UTV trail ride.
There are lots of different loops you can take in the Fins & Things area of Moab.
There are lots of different loops you can take in the Fins & Things area of Moab.

Fins & Things is the most popular and the most difficult.

Fins & Things is the ultimate in "slick rock" trails in Moab. Fins & Things is what Moab is really all about!

The trail not only includes sandy areas, it has "fins" which are smooth, and steep expanses of rock, that challenge your vehicle and your driving skills.

Trail Ratings are great to have when it comes to UTV Trails.

Before we start on Fins & Things, I want to talk about Trail Ratings.  Like other recreational sporting trails, UTV trails have been given ratings so that you can be aware of the level of difficulty, or of obstacles that the trails might contain. 

The rating scale is one that ranges from 1-10, with 1 being the least difficult.  Keep in mind that when rating the trails there is a level of subjectivity that occurs, what one person might think is difficult, another might think is a breeze.   A rating can help you judge if you want to tackle the trail with your type of vehicle or not. 

Most trails can be driven by any Polaris, but what is critical is the level of driving skill the driver has.  Remember to evaluate your own skill responsibly.

Rating Scale of Trails

  • Rating of 1: The easiest trail, almost any regular passenger car with a fairly good amount of clearance can complete this trail.  They are usually dirt roads, with little or no obstacles in them.
  • Rating of 2: The trail can usually be handled in 2-Wheel Drive under optimum conditions but the possibility of mud or snow could make things more difficult. These trails are usually dirt roads with some rocks or places of erosion. These trails could also have spots that are narrow and require one vehicle to back up to a wider spot to allow another to pass.
  • Rating of 3: This trail would be best suited for any SUV.  This means that 4-Wheel Drive is not necessary, but would be a good idea.  Rocks and whoopdeedoos make higher clearance on your vehicle necessary.
  • Rating of 4: These trails would require 4-Wheel Drive to complete.  Mud, hills, and rocks could be some of the obstacles that you might encounter.  This is the last level that a stock SUV would probably be able to finish.
  • Rating of 5: Take a buddy along on this trail.  You absolutely need 4-Wheel Drive.  This rating would be the highest rating a stock Jeep could accomplish without incurring some possible damage to the vehicle.
  • Rating of 6: Too difficult for a stock vehicle, some modification would be required, such as larger tires or higher clearance. There can be lots of obstacles, from easy to difficult.
  • Rating of 7: These trails require some intermediate driving skills to maneuver. Beginners should use some of the lower rated trails before attempting a trail with this level of difficulty.  This trail will have many obstacles and will require knowledge of the right line to make it; a wrong line could be extremely dangerous.  There is a possibility of roll overs or vehicle body damage when attempting these trails.
  • Rating of 8: Advanced driver experience is necessary for this level of difficulty on the trail.  A high possibility of vehicle damage is present.  Momentum may be required to get by some obstacles, which could result in a broken axle or drive shaft.
  • Rating of 9: Body damage will most likely occur on this level of trail.  Obstacles will test your driving skills and vehicle capability to the limit, making vehicle damage from being pushed up against rocks inevitable.  Taking your vehicle home unscathed after attempting this trail is highly unlikely.
  • Rating of 10: The most extreme trail. Only modified vehicles will finish this trail. Damage is inevitable, some so severe you might not be able to finish the trail.

Fins & Things is not for beginners.

The trail at Moab called Fins & Things is at the low end a level 4, which means that is the easiest the trail ever gets, and at the high end it is a level 7, which is the most difficult the trail can get. Make sure you are at least an intermediate driver to attempt this trail.

Fins & Things has tons of areas of rock crawling, in other words, there are all kinds of rocks on the trail. These rocks might include large smooth rocks with steep drop offs, bumpy hills made of rocks, or rocks in riverbeds and canyons. Remember, Fins & Things is the ultimate at Moab for “slick rock” climbing.

The Fins & Things Trail

Intermingled between the sand areas are areas of slick rock.
Intermingled between the sand areas are areas of slick rock.
Notice how steep the little fins are in the rock.
Notice how steep the little fins are in the rock.
Traveling on the edge of the rock mountain on the Fins & Things Trail.
Traveling on the edge of the rock mountain on the Fins & Things Trail.
While riding on a long fin you can see the snow capped La Sal Mountains in the distance.
While riding on a long fin you can see the snow capped La Sal Mountains in the distance.

Fins & Things is like a Roller Coaster.

Riding on the Fins & Things Trail is sort of like riding a roller coaster.  There are areas when you come to divots in the rock that are so steep you have to use an extreme amount of skill not to crash your front end or to avoid a “roll over”.

Take a ride on the roller coaster at Moab.

Going up and down the trail worn into the rock from UTV tires.
Going up and down the trail worn into the rock from UTV tires.
Sometimes we went up...
Sometimes we went up...
Sometimes we went over little bumps....
Sometimes we went over little bumps....
And... sometimes we went down.
And... sometimes we went down.

Nature at it's finest in Moab Utah.

The beautiful rock formations are a part of the majesty of Moab. The interesting shapes and arches caused by the power of wind and water are all over the place as you ride along the trails. Part of the fun in riding is to be a part of the beauty that nature offers, so take your time and enjoy it! We always pack a lunch and spend the day out on the trail. Take along plenty of water when you go!

Naural Beauty can be seen in Moab, Utah.

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The ruts in the trail make for some bumpy ridin.The beautiful rock formations along the Fins & Things Trail.Time out for lunch.Arches in the rocks formed by the elements.Ledges can also been seen along the way.
The ruts in the trail make for some bumpy ridin.
The ruts in the trail make for some bumpy ridin.
The beautiful rock formations along the Fins & Things Trail.
The beautiful rock formations along the Fins & Things Trail.
Time out for lunch.
Time out for lunch.
Arches in the rocks formed by the elements.
Arches in the rocks formed by the elements.
Ledges can also been seen along the way.
Ledges can also been seen along the way.

Come and See the Moab UTV Show!

Fins & Things is probably the most popular trail in Moab, well, in any event, the most commercialized and crowded one.  Fins & Things is where UTV dealers come to demonstrate “just what their vehicles can do!”   Fins & Things is also a place where competitions are held, so you can bet your boots it is the place to go to “prove” yourself in the world of UTV slick rock climbing.  So come prepared to see a UTV show!

Moab Trails can be a challenge for any UTV driver.

Watch as others try to challenge the hill.
Watch as others try to challenge the hill.
This is not a secluded area of Moab.
This is not a secluded area of Moab.

2010 UTV Rally in Moab, Utah featuring Fins & Things

Moab, Utah is a great place to ride your UTV!

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        Charles Loveridge 5 years ago

        I understand that there is going to be a new ATV/UTV event in Moab this fall. It is called Red Rockin’ Rendezvous and it will be held the last four days of September.

        The people I have talked to say it is organized by locals and includes a bunch of trails appropriate for every skill level. The tentative list of trails includes Hell’s Revenge, Moab Rim, Kane Creek, Chicken Corners, Behind the Rocks, Fins and Things, Steel Bender, Flat Iron Mesa, Poison Spider, and Golden Spike.

        I am thinking of going. Anyone else know anything about it?

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        In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

        @Steph- I don't love heights either, but I love riding in my Polaris RZR! The roller coaster ride on the slick rocks of Moab Utah is so much fun..

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        In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

        @Hello, hello- I am glad you are enjoying the pictures of Moab and the beautiful countryside of Southern Utah.

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        Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Another gorgeous hub, packed with super information about UTVs! Loved the stuff on the ratings. I'm afraid of heights, so some of those photos got my heart racing, but the idea of a roller coaster in nature is pretty cool. Great work!!

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        Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

        You must have great fun and the beautiful landscape. Thank you for sharing.

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        In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

        @youngcurves 19- Thanks...it does look like loads of fun doesn't it! We always have fun when we are riding in our Polaris!

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        Youngcurves19 7 years ago from Hawaii

        AWESOME pictures!!! looks like loads of fun

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