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Off Road Trail Spotlight: Mud wash – Hobgoblins-Little Finland - Mesquite – Nevada Trails

Many people associate off-roading with driving down rough terrain and trying to conquer some tough obstacles. Who can blame them? Pitting your custom-made rig against obstacles, rock crawling, and driving through rugged terrain is part of the fun of off-roading. But sometimes you need a break from the adrenaline rush and the crowds and that’s where the areas around St. George come in.

The trails around Nevada and St. George offer a different kind of off-roading experience. While they may not be as big on obstacles as the ones in Moab, they are perfect for those looking for scenic drives and getaways and are a favorite destination for us on our trail rides.

Mud wash – Hobgoblins – Little Finland – Mesquite

The trail run from Mud Wash to Little Finland near Mesquite is one that you have to see to believe. The area is very scenic and will have you stopping for photos every so often.

To get there, you have to go through the Gold Butte Road, 3 miles from I-15, taking exit 112. You’ll come across Mud Wash Road – an off-road trail located in the Gold Butte National Monument in the Mojave Desert. Here you can stop to check out the petroglyphs on the side of the wash, known as the Mud Wash Petroglyphs. From there you can proceed to what will no doubt be the highlight of your trip- Little Finland.

Little Finland isn’t named after the country, but after the numerous rock formations, known as fins, found in the area. Also known as the Hobgoblins Playground or Devil’s Fire, this area will blow your mind. This is an extensive plateau of Aztec sandstone that has been eroded over the years into fascinating shapes and fins. The red-orange color of the sandstone adds to the fin’s beauty. Some of the forms are complex and frail-looking so approach the area with caution but feel free to snap as many photos as you wish.

Mud wash – Hobgoblins-Little Finland Trip Preparation

The road leading to Little Finland will range from paved and smooth, changing to bumpy and stony then to downright rough. To get there, you’ll need a 4WD vehicle with high clearance. Also carry plenty of water and suitable clothing for the trip, since you’ll be heading to the desert. The area itself is remote so we recommend downloading a map of the spot from our online store.

Also, ensure that your vehicle is in good condition to handle some of the rougher sections of the road. You can bring it to the Dixie 4 Wheel Drive auto shop in St. George, choose one of our vehicle build packages and let us do the rest. That way, you’ll be sure to have a safe and fun trip into the Mojave Desert.


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