Hell’s Revenge and The Lion's Back

Located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau in Utah is the town of Moab, which offers endless opportunity for sightseeing and exploration. The rugged and beautiful desert terrain is marked with hundreds of trails for mountain biking and extreme 4X4 driving. One particularly difficult trail is appropriately named Hell’s Revenge (pictured above). Consisting of an 8.4-mile roller coaster ride across dangerously steep sandstone domes and ledges, the trail is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s only recommended for very experienced drivers with advanced equipment. Hell’s Revenge includes several obstacles that have been given names like “Escalator,” “Black Hole,” and “Tip Over Challenge.” One popular obstacle is “The Lion’s Back” (pictured below). It’s a sandstone ridge that climbs 350 feet up, with a gradient of 65º in places. Once you reach the top, you must make a hairpin turn and slowly descend. The Lion’s Back became famous a few years ago when a vehicle lost its brakes on the descent and rolled down the hill, plunging 30 feet to the ground. Amazingly, no one died in the crash, but the event was captured on video. Today, the area is no longer open to the public.

The Lion's Back