Have you heard of Hell’s Revenge in Moab, Utah?
It is an off-roading adventure of a lifetime! People from all over bring jeeps, UTV, and other Sports Utility Vehicles to have a little fun on one of the most thrilling trails in Utah.
We recently decided to try this trail out. I had no idea what I was getting into. It was crazy, scary, and thrilling all at the same time.
I am excited to tell you all about it so you can decide if this is something you would like to do when you plan a trip to Moab.
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Where is Hell's Revenge Located?
Hell’s Revenge is located in Moab, Utah. The entrance to Hell’s Revenge is just past the Sand Flats Recreation Area.
What is the Hell's Revenge Trail
Hell’s Revenge is a OHV (off highway vehicle) slickrock trail. This off-road experience offer’s incredible views and is accessible year round. This trail is difficult. It is a very technical trail. If you are not an experienced driver, I would recommend getting a guide or a tour.
There are steep cliffs and descents that are not for the faint of heart.
Is Hell's Revenge Dangerous?
Yes. This trail is amazing and extremely popular. However, it is recommended for experienced drivers. There are some extreme drop offs and technical driving skills needed. If you want to drive it yourself, but are not experienced, you can hire a guide. Most UTV’s on the trail stay in guided groups.
I felt completely safe with our tour guide. He knew the trail well and was confident in his driving abilities. That made me feel better and I was not as worried!
I can not even back out my driveway without going crooked, so there is no way in this world I would ever attempt to drive on Hell’s Revenge.
Should I Bring My Kids on Hell's Revenge?
I took my 5 and 8 year old on Hell’s Revenge. I almost backed out, but my tour guide assured me that it would be okay. My kids had a great time. There are plenty of stops along the Hell’s Revenge trail, where they could get out and explore. They loved seeing dinosaur tracks, and looking out at the La Sal Mountains.
They thought the tour was a little long but still had a great time.
What is the Hells' Revenge Trail Like?
Describing this trail is difficult. It is something you have to see to believe. There are so many incredible obstacles. It is good to do the obstacle and then watch someone else do it. You will think, “Holy Cow I just did that!”
The first obstacle is Trailhead Fin. Right at the start you will go up a steep incline. There are drop offs on both sides. The top is very narrow.
I really thought “what did I get myself into?” “Was I crazy for bringing my 5 year old on this trail?” This is scary! Luckily, our tour guide said this was one of the scariest parts of our tour and sure enough it wasn’t too bad the rest of the time.
First Stop – Dinosaur Footprint
You can pull your car over and jump out to check out dinosaur footprints embedded in the rock. It is really cool. Our tour guide said that this area was probably a watering hole at some point based on the different sizes of footprints in this area.
One footprint was stolen in 2014. Our tour guide said that the man who stole it was intoxicated and supposedly threw it off a bridge. Unfortunately, the area where he threw it is inaccessible for divers to access . There is barbed wire and other harmful materials from a collapsed bridge in the water.
Luckily, we live in an age of infrared images and an image had been taken and a mold was made. The mold now sits on this area of Hell’s Revenge.
He Drove Backwards up Hell’s Revenge!
After the dino tracks, you will continue on the path. The trail has a steep incline. Most people just drive up, but our tour guide decided to go up backwards! It was crazy. I was slightly scared!
Hells Gate is a narrow ravine with an incline. If you were standing watching the cars go up you might think it is impossible for a car to make it. For jeeps, balancing and going airborne on two wheels is common. It is like watching a car crawl on the rocks.
The Slick Rock Trail continues passing the Black Hole and comes to the Hot Tubs. The Hot Tubs are a popular place to watch the vehicles dip down into holes. Some vehicles may tip so be careful. I don’t think our tour guide took us in any hot tubs. We did however go on an area he called the roller coaster. It was exactly what it sounds like down and then back up.
The Dragon’s Tail
The Dragon’s Tail is a steep decline.
The Escalator is a spot that a lot of people get out and watch as others attempt it. It is one of the most difficult obstacles on Hell’s Revenge. It has an incline and half way up there is a dip. If you do not go to the left you will be on two wheels….not a good thing!
Challenge Tip Over
This is fun to watch. Jeeps struggle a little more on this area of the trail.
One of our favorite stops was looking at the La Sal Mountains. There is a great photo opp, where it looks like you are falling off a cliff. We had to take that!
Best Off-Road Vehicle for Hell's Revenge
If you are going to book a tour you have a few options. A group tour on a hummer. These hummers can hold about 12 people. You can also book an individual UTV or a Jeep tour.
Our tour was on a Hummer. Hummers are amazing. They can handle the terrain with ease. It wasn’t jerky.
Jeeps have a slightly harder time on the Hell’s Revenge Trail. There are spots where you can easily get stuck.
UTV’s tours are for very confident people. There is a guide but you are in control of your vehicle. Some of the individuals in our tour did the UTV tour the day before and said it was very jerky.
Should I Book A Hell's Revenge Tour Ahead of Time?
Yes. If you are going to Moab during the high season, you will want to book ahead of time. Weekends will sell out fast. It is better to plan ahead and get a tour.
Are you Ready for Hell's Revenge?
We had a great time off-roading on Hells Revenge. I highly recommend going on a Hummer tour. I really enjoyed doing something exciting and thrilling. Hopefully, this helps you decide if Hell’s Revenge is something you want to experience.
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