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San Rafael Swell

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

San Rafael Bridge Campground, San Rafael Swell, Book Cliffs And San Rafael Swell, Book Cliffs Recreation Area, Temple Mountain Trail Area, Five Miles of Hell, Dick Brass Trail System, 5MOH, Moab, Emery County

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular area consists of two separate trail systems. The southern area known as Temple Mountain is well suited for ATV riders and consists mostly of sandy washes and scenic jeep trails of low to moderate difficulty.

The Five Miles of Hell Trail to the north is actually 9.6 miles long and open only to dirt bikes and mountain bikes. This epic trail features narrow canyons, sharp rock climbs, off camber rock face turns, and pockets of fine sand so it is recommended for experienced riders only. There are three 'bailout' trails as well but routes are often marked only by a dash of white paint on the rocks so it's easy to lose the trail temporarily. Carry some water, snacks, first aid, spare levers and basic tools because this trail is no joke.

Both of these trail systems are very scenic and remote but there are no services at the campgrounds. Nearby Goblin Valley State Park has developed campgrounds and potable water and there are a host of other attractive tourism activities available in the immediate area including river rafting, fishing, golfing and historic sight seeing.

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Permit RequiredYesUT OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoNon-residents must purchase a non-resident OHV permit.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areasnot permitted on Five Miles of Hell Trail
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areasnot permitted on Five Miles of Hell Trail
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentNo specific decibel limit but excessive mechanical noise is prohibited.


Approx Size1,280,000 acres (2,000 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation5500 to 6500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrails are marked with white paint dashes painted on rocks
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Single TrackThis BLM land has almost all single track trails.All
HazardsThis trail has many hazards.Many(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of cliffs.
sharp rocks and big consequences on the expert trails
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little(Temple Mountain)
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some(Temple Mountain)
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly(Five Miles of Hell)


AreaMotorized Trails


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Phillips 66 (435) 542-3298
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Phillips 66 (435) 542-3298
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Goblin Valley State Park (435) 275-4584
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Red Rock Steakhouse & Campground (435) 542-3235
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Goblin Valley State Park (435) 275-4584
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Phillips 66 (435) 542-3298




Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityHanksville, UT
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Moab, UT
1) Take US-191 North about 50 miles
2) Take Exit for I-70 West, continue 82 miles to exit 149
3) Turn left (south) off the exit ramp onto SR-24, continue 24 miles
4) Turn right (west) on Temple Mountain Road, continue 5.7 miles
5) Campground entrance is on the left (south).

Note: The above directions are for South Temple Wash Campground. The directions below are for Five Miles of Hell Staging Area.

6) Take US-191 North about 50 miles
7) Take Exit for I-70 West to Exit 131
8) Turn left (south) off the exit ramp onto Temple Mountain Road, proceed under freeway
9) Veer right (west) to stay on Temple Mountain Road, continue 6.6 miles
10) Staging area is on the left (east).


Contact InfoBLM - Price Field Office
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501
(435) 636-3600
Contact InfoSage Riders Motorcycle Club
57 W 700 S
Ephraim, UT 84627
Contact InfoUtah State Parks OHV Education Office
1594 W North Temple, Suite 116
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(800) 648-7433
CommentOHV Permit Info


San Rafael Swell Trail Photo

San Rafael Swell Trail

Photo Submitted 5/4/2012 (Thanks!)

San Rafael Swell Trail Photo

Scenery from San Rafael Swell Trail

Photo Submitted 5/4/2012 (Thanks!)

San Rafael Swell Trail Photo

Scenery from San Rafael Swell Trail

Photo Submitted 5/4/2012 (Thanks!)

San Rafael Swell Trail Photo

OHV at San Rafael Swell Trail

Photo Submitted 5/4/2012 (Thanks!)

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