What do I need to know to "play it safe" when recreating at Sand Flats?
The Moab area offers challenging riding amidst world-class scenery. The characteristics of the area that make it a special place for riding also make it extremely important to follow basic safety procedures. The Moab Bike Patrol has this to say:

Wear a helmet. Most trails are very rocky. Even the best riders can get tired and make mistakes. Helmets can prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries. Carry lots of water and high-energy food. At least a gallon of water is recommended per person per day. There is no water on the trails and summer temperatures often climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Running out of water will put your health at risk. Eating at intervals provides an opportunity to rest and the energy needed to complete the ride.

Carry trail maps and know how to use them to track your position. Maps for Slickrock and Porcupine Rim trails are located at the trailheads and entrance station. Maps for 4WD roads are available at the entrance station. Detailed topographic maps are available in Moab at bike shops, bookstores and the Moab Information Center. Stay found, save money. Grand County has the highest incidence of search and rescue in Utah. The high cost of these operations is normally the responsibility of the rescued party. If you decide that you have lost the trail, do not continue on in hopes of finding your own way. Retrace your route back towards the trailhead until you pick up the trail, find someone who knows the area, or return to the trailhead. If you cannot retrace your route, stay put, conserve energy and water, make yourself visible and await rescue. It's always a good idea to let a friend or relative know beforehand where you are going and when you should return. If something goes wrong you have the comfort of knowing that they will get help.

Check your bike frequently. Riding in Moab trails loosens headsets and puts maximum stress upon frames and components. Frequent inspections reduce the possibility of injury. Be prepared in case of emergency. Don't venture into remote areas with nothing but a t-shirt and shorts. Carry a windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, maps, matches or lighter, pump, patch kit, first-aid kit, a good bike tool kit and extra food, water and clothing. Ride with someone else and stay together in case of problems. Discuss your situation calmly and make a plan to improve it.

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1. What do I need to know to "play it safe" when recreating at Sand Flats?
2. Who manages the Sand Flats Recreation Area?
3. What is the user fee at the Sand Flats Recreation Area?
4. Where do my fees go?
5. Does Sand Flats have an annual pass? How do I purchase a pass?
6. Can I camp at the Sand Flats Recreation Area?
7. How much does it cost to camp?
8. What are the Sand Flats Recreation Area camping regulations?
9. Does Sand Flats take group site reservations?
10. Can I bring my dog?
11. What is minimum impact?
12. What is biological soil crust?
13. How difficult is mountain biking on the Slickrock Bike trail?
14. What is the Porcupine Rim Trail like?
15. Does Sand Flats have 4 wheel drive trails?
16. Where can I ride my ATV at Sand Flats?
17. Where can I ride my motorcycle at Sand Flats?
18. What are some safety tips for traveling in the Sand Flats backcountry by motorized vehicle?
19. Do you waive fees for volunteer groups?
20. How do I get to the Sand Flats Recreation Area?