2011 Rally on the Rocks
Waterfall on Helldorado Trail, Area BFE
I look forward to the red rocks of Moab all year. This trip to
Utah to explore off-road trails of Moab topped all others. The
excuse to go to Moab for most of us was Rally on the Rocks. I
traveled to Moab with my friends Dave and Bob, and met up with Joey from
from Team Green Kawasaki, fellow Monster Energy Kawasaki driver Casey
Currie, Jeff Knoll who is a long time rock crawler (King of the Hammers,
Ultra 4, etc.) and Dean that also owns a Kawasaki Teryx. We spent four
days wheeling with off-roaders from all over the country and as usual
met many new people.
For this trip, I brought my brand new
2011 Kawasaki Teryx. I am in the
process of a build project and it performed beyond my expectations. Also
in our group were several other Kawasaki Teryx, a Polaris RZR XP and a
Monday - Poison Spider Mesa and Golden Spike
Poison Spider Mesa forms one of the cliff features that is part
of the Moab landscape northwest of town. The mesa is bordered on the
east by Moab Valley and on the south by the Colorado River. Access
is via Scenic Byway 279, the "Potash Road," and the trail climbs to
the rim along with the sloping rock layers. The first few miles of
trail must be retraced, but most of the travel time will be spent on
a loop that reaches the rim.
Golden Spike is the connection between Poison Spider Mesa and
Gold Bar Rim.
Poison Spider Mesa is rated a 6 and Golden Spike is rated a 7 by
the Red Rock 4 Wheelers.
Google Maps - Poison Spider Mesa Trailhead
Google Maps - Golden Crack
Google Maps - Magic Bush
Tuesday - Steel Bender
Steel Bender's difficulty rating keeps moving around as the
conflicting forces of erosion and trail repair modify the obstacles.
The trail lies between Moab and the La Sal Mountains in the vicinity
of Mill Creek, a major drainage from the mountains. The trail can be
done with stock UTV, but only because there are bypasses
around some of the challenging spots.
Steel Bender is rated a 6 by the Red Rock 4 Wheelers.
Google Maps - Steel Bender trail head on Kens Lake side
Wednesday - Cliff Hanger (Rally on the Rocks)
Cliffhanger trail is the only vehicle route onto Amasa Back, a
rather high isolated area bounded by Kane Springs Canyon, Hurrah
Pass, Jackson Hole, and a big loop of the Colorado River. The views,
however, are unusual and spectacular all the way up the side of Kane
Springs Canyon. Farther along, the trail is high above the canyon of
the Colorado River.
Cliff Hanger is rated a 6 by the Red Rock 4 Wheelers.
Google Maps links from the Cliffhanger trail:
Thursday - Area BFE, Green Day and Helldorado
More information: Area BFE
Google Maps - Area BFE
- Trail Rating: Intermediate to Expert
- Description: Two distinct lines, intermediate and expert. At
least 14 Expert obstacles are present. Bypasses for difficult
- Requirements: Min. 33″ tires, at least a rear locker and a
Close to a rollover captured by Woody at
- Trail Rating: Expert
- Description: The Famous Helldorado Trail. Prepare for
- Requirements: Min. 37″ tires, Lockers, Winch, spare parts
possible, a welder, and SPOTTER!
- Do not attempt alone!
Four Kawasaki Teryx and one Polaris RZR took on Helldorado trail.
All had long travel and larger than stock tires.
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 is in its'
second year, and the first event was a big success. They offer
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 we 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)
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
On-line registration deadline is
May 7th, after that you can register in person at the Rally for an
additional $10.00, total $85.00..
Your registration includes 4
days of guided trail rides, 1 catered dinner at the arena, opportunity
to talk with the top vendors in the industry, participation in UTV games
(additional fees apply), and a chance to win many raffle prizes. 25% of
all raffle proceeds will be donated to Take Back Utah/Blue Ribbon
Please print off the schedule of
events from the website for trail departure times and other activities.
T-shirts will be available on site.
Some trails leave directly from
the arena and others need to be trailered to.
Please review the trail
descriptions and ratings carefully, as your safety is our number 1
concern, followed directly by having FUN. We strive to have capable
trail guides to help you navigate obstacles but they are limited by your
driver experience and machine capabilities.
All trails have minimum and
maximum participants, ROTR reserves the right at their sole discretion
to cancel scheduled trails. If that happens, we will do our best to
substitute trails of equal difficulty.