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Jeep Trail of the Month: Backwards Bill

This trail combines the second half of the Wipe-Out Hill Trail and the first half of the Sevenmile Rim Trail for a more challenging trip that retains much of the scenic highlights of both. Participants need to be aware that all vehicles must ascend Wipe-Out Hill; there is no bypass.

The colorful Entrada sandstone of Big Mesa, atop the white Navajo sandstone, provides the initial scenery. Once Wipe-Out Hill is ascended, the Merrimac Butte, and the Monitor Butte, are each visited. A short sand secton precedes the ascent of Sevenmile Rim. Once up on the rim views down into Sevenmile Canyon, and then views east toward Arches National Park provide the remaining scenery.

The majority of this trail alternates between slickrock surfaces and sand.

Trail Details
The descent of Rattlesnake Hill as well as the ascent of Wipe-Out Hill, as well as a sidehill section along Merrimac Butte, provide the majority of the four wheeling excitement. Uranium Arch is interesting to visit and the bumpy descent from Sevenmile Rim will keep drivers awake at the end of the trail.

Trail Notes

Length: 25 miles total, 17 off highway.
Min Tire Size: 33+ inches
Winch: No
Front Locker: No
Rear Locker: Yes

Trail Difficulty Ratings are for Moab area roads in dry conditions. The effects of snow or rain varies greatly depending upon the altitude of the roads and the type of soil.
NOTE: The Red Rock 4 Wheelers Club attempts to keep the trail ratings current. However weather and usage constantly alters the routes. Heavy but localized rains can change Kane Creek from a moderate trail to impassable in an afternoon. It is always wise to obtain the most up-to-date information prior to departing for a trip, and be prepared. Remember, turning back is usually an option as well.
For more information see the Red Rock 4-Wheeler website,, where the entire Easter Jeep Safari magazine is online.
Trail consisting of loose rock, dirt, and sand with some slickrock surfaces. Some erosion; washes, gulches and rock steps no higher than 18”. Tall tires 33” plus (35” would be a plus, but not required) and working limited slip would be a plus. 4WD is required. Enhanced suspension travel and good ground clearance are helpful. Good driving skills a plus.
RR4W Labor Day Safari & Camp-out
Saturday, Sept 5 - Monday, Sept 7, 2020

If you like to 4-wheel in Moab, a little cooler weather and smaller crowds, then this event offers the things you enjoy. The "Stay Together, Play Together" Labor Day Safari has a little bit of everything and some things the Easter Jeep Safari doesn’t offer because of its size. Trails are limited to 25 vehicles, making them smaller and the entire event is limited to 150 vehicles.

The event is based at the Moab Rim Campark located at 1900 South Highway 191. This full service campground is at the top of the hill as you leave Moab to the South, and is just a short trip to downtown Moab. It has all of the amenities, including water, showers, picnic tables, trees, grass and no mosquitoes. The entire campground has been reserved for the event, but limited RV and tent spaces are available. But, if you aren't a camping type person you can enjoy the great selection of motels that Moab offers.
Fullsize Invasion 2020
by Jerrod Jones
On September 14-20, Fullsize 4x4 fans from all over the country will be coming together to meet in Moab for an event called Fullsize Invasion. It was originally supposed to kick off the week before Easter Jeep Safari, but was postponed due to a wonky year. The group will be tackling trails all week, starting in the mornings and ending in the afternoons. They’ll be staying at various locales in town and will be meeting at the shop of Xtreme 4x4 Tours each morning.

The Fullsize Invasion group has six scheduled trail days as follows:
Mon 9/14 Top of the World trail
Tue 9/15 Behind the Rocks trail
Wed 9/16 Cliffhanger
Thu 9/17 3D/Pickle trail
Fri 9/18 Poison Spider trail
Sat 9/19 Moab Rim trail
Sun 9/20 Hell’s Revenge trail

The Fullsize Invasion operates under the premise that everyone is welcome. While fullsizes are obviously their bag and it is encouraged to bring one to the party, they seem to welcome anyone with a safely working 4x4 who wants to wheel with a bunch of big trucks, taking to the red rocks with other fullsize 4x4 friends. This will be their ninth year in a row and they are growing every year. An online raffle through their social media pages, with products contributed by numerous generous companies in the off-road industry is part of the fun. Each year, the Fullsize Invasion donates the proceeds of the raffle to a local Moab group that needs it. Past donations have helped with playground construction and supported a local dog shelter. Raffle tickets can be bought online at and prizes range from new seats to a set of tires.

Fullsize Invasion was started a few years back by Off-Road Magazine’s last Editor-In-Chief, Jerrod Jones, who partnered up with Moab’s very own Dave Hellman and Steph Berg of Xtreme 4x4 Tours. The small team of three operates the event with help from good friends and volunteers that show up in Moab each year to get a little time in this wonderful town. More information on Fullsize Invasion can be found on their website, or on Facebook or Instagram at @fullsizeinvasion, and be sure to mention you read about the Fullsize Invasion in Moab Happenings.
  Motorized Events:
September 5-7, 2020 Labor Day Safari & Camp-Out
September 9-12, 2020 San Juan County ATV Safari
September 11-13, 2020 Blazer Bash
September 5-7, 2020 Labor Day Safari & Camp-Out
September 14-20, 2020 Fullsize Invasion
October 22-24, 2020 Jeep Jamboree
October 29-31, 2020 Moab 4X4 Expo
March 27-April 4, 2021
Easter Jeep Safari
Responsible Recreation
Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc.

Each year we lose a few more roads/trails. Closed to us forever! It’s a horrible thought, but reality! Take a minute and think about what it would mean to you to have your favorite trail closed. One of the best ways to fight this is to practice responsible

Stay on the trail. Don’t be tempted to try a new route or obstacle. Someone will follow your tracks and soon we’ll have another unauthorized road. Go over the bumps and mud, not around them. That’s what 4-wheeling is all about.

Pack out what you pack in. If you see litter on the trail, pick it up and take it out with you. Most of all, take care of and respect this land that we love to play on.

Responsible 4-Wheeling will make a difference. Please join with the Red Rock 4-Wheelers and practice responsible
4-wheeling every day. Let’s show them that we care.


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