2013 Rally on the Rocks - Moab, Utah
"Cliff Hanger" with our 2011 Kawasaki Teryx
By Jon Crowley, UTVGuide.net
annual Rally on the Rocks was held in beautiful Moab Utah,
May 15-18, 2013. Moab offers incredible scenery and
vistas like no place else on earth and the city opens its arms to
welcome off-roaders to the area to experience it first-hand. The event
offers trails for every level of enthusiast and continues to get bigger
and better. From the beginner with
no rock-crawling experience to the most challenging and demanding that
test driver and machine. Each day offers numerous guided, UTV friendly,
trails planned throughout the Moab area. Many include casual scenic
routes and demanding technical routes for the most experienced
Many of the trails leave directly from the arena with a police escort
through Moab while others a trailer is necessary to get your UTV to the
If you have never off-roaded in Moab, Rally on the Rocks is the best way
to get your feet wet. Experienced guides and knowledgeable
volunteers will help you select trails that fit your equipment and
experience level. Plus the event brings UTV enthusiasts from around the
country into one location and you will end up making friendships that
will last for years. Moab is definitely a bucket list type of
The outside vendor area at Spanish Trails Arena was packed with semis
from Can-Am, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Kymco. They were all offering demo
rides and I found many of them out on the trails as well.
And the inside area was packed full of vendors selling and installing
just about anything you needed for your UTV. Our 2011 Kawasaki
Teryx was in the STI Tire & Wheel booth while not on the trail.
Day One - Behind the Rocks
On Wednesday, I joined other editors for a media run on Behind the
Rocks. Woody from RockCrawler.com was our guide in his super capable RZR
and the guys from CampChef.com setup a catered lunch for us on the
The trailhead for Behind the Rocks is just off of Highway 191 about 13
miles south of Moab. We trailered down and there is plenty of
parking. The trail can be run in either direction, but running it
backwards makes it a bit tougher.
Coming down "High Dive" on Behind the Rocks in our Kawasaki Teryx -
Photo by UTVUnderground.com
Trail features include High Dive, Hummer
Hill, White Knuckle, Roller Coaster and Hunter Canyon. Scenic points
include Terra Cotta Warriors, Lone Rock, Balcony Arch and Picture Frame
Day Two - Hell's Revenge
One day two, we joined up with Discount Tire for a run on Hell's
Revenge. To get to the trailhead, we followed a police escort from
Spanish Trail Arena to about a mile northeast of Moab. There were
so many UTVs on this run, that it was split into two groups and probably
totaled 80 vehicles!
Hell's Revenge is one of Moab's most famous trails and offers great
expanses of slick rock with steep ascents and descents, sharp turns and
incredible views. Hell's Revenge is not for the faint of heart, but if
you follow the trail carefully and take the bypasses, it is an easy
This year, Hell's Gate, the bathtubs and The Escalator were all
available to driver's with the proper safety gear and vehicles with long
travel, 6-point cages and 4-point safety harnesses.
Views are spectacular on Hell's Revenge
Day Three - Steel Bender and Cliff Hanger
On day three, I joined up with Pro Armor, Jagged X and GBC to hit two
trails in one day. First up was Steel Bender which is an
end-to-end trail that starts northeast of town and ends near Ken's Lake.
Steel Bender trail follows an historic wagon route that works its way up
from a beautiful canyon with a few creek crossings, up numerous steep
ledges, and two challenging rocky climbs that have bypasses.
The trail is bordered by a wilderness study area, so it is critical to
stay on marked routes at all times. Steel bender offers up some
spectacular canyon views early in the trail, and then up close views of
the La Sal Mountains.
Harlen from ATVRiders.com was my passenger.
Pro Armor Arctic Cat Wildcat on Steel Bender
Blake and Monica from Jagged X on Cliff Hanger
Cliff Hanger definitely lives up to its' name. The trail has some tough
ledge-type climbs that will test your skills along the 4 1/2 mile trail.
The end of the trail offers an incredible view of the Colorado River.
Once again I was joined by Pro Armor, Jagged X and GBC. Aaron from
PRP Seats jumped into my passenger seat for this ride as well.
The highlight for the trail (and for the trip) was on the way back to
the trailhead from the end of the trail. I started running pretty
fast through the obstacles and soon noticed that Kory from GBC
Motorsports was hot on my tail. I turned it up a notch and we
"raced" to the trailhead in about 15 minutes. I felt like I was back at
King of the Hammers!
Moab is the best place to enjoy
riding in your UTV. It offers mild to wild trails in difficulty, and
every trail is surrounded by beautiful scenery only available in Moab.
the Rocks event offers
trails for the beginner with incredible scenery and vistas to the most
challenging and demanding that will be sure to test driver and machine.
Each day they have numerous guided, UTV friendly, trails planned
throughout the Moab area. Many including casual scenic routes and
demanding technical routes for the most experienced operators.
the Rocks event
headquarters is at the Old Spanish Trail Arena just minutes South of
Moab, Utah on HWY 191. (3641 S Hwy 191, Moab, UT 84532)