Behind the Rocks Road
ElevationAscent: 679' 207 m
Descent: -1,682' -513 m
High: 5,539' 1,688 m
Low: 4,524' 1,379 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
Popular runs nearby
Behind the Rocks 50k
32.9 mi 52.9 km • Loop • 3,154 ft Ascent 961.42 m Ascent
Jimmy Keene Miner's Basin Figure 8
19.8 mi 31.8 km • Loop • 3,810 ft Ascent 1161.21 m Ascent
Ute 100 Trail Race
96.4 mi 155.2 km • Point to Point • 17,742 ft Ascent 5407.71 m Ascent
1.0 mi 1.6 km • Loop • 162 ft Ascent 49.46 m Ascent
Double Arch Trail
0.5 mi 0.8 km • Loop • 31 ft Ascent 9.41 m Ascent
Whale Rock Trail
0.5 mi 0.9 km • Loop • 78 ft Ascent 23.71 m Ascent
“A sometimes sandy run across open desert past a unique rock formation with a pair of arches.”— Brian Smith
Go 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.
Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office