|2011 Rally on the Rocks
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 fromUTVUnderground.com, Reid 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 new2011 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 Polaris RZR.
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
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
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.
Rally on 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.
Rally on 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)
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 Coalition.
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.