Trip Reports

2016 Rally on the Rocks

Hells Revenge

7th Annual Rally on the Rocks – May 14-17, 2014

Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks is pleased to announce the Seventh annual
UTV/SXS Rally in beautiful Moab Utah, May 10-14, 2016

Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks was held in Moab, Utah on the weekend following Mothers Day and was headquartered at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks (ROTR) is a guided trail ride event. Trails covered everything from the extreme rated 10+ to a scenic “dirt road” 1 rating with everything in between.

Rally on the Rocks had over 20 distinct trails to choose from. There are no bad trails in Moab as it is arguably the most scenic, unique place on the planet and is perfectly suited to UTVs.

For this year’s rally, we brought two vehicles and tapped our friend Brad Goodfellow (see Rally on the Rocks Event Recap for Brad’s trip report) to drive one, while Jon Crowley drove the other.

Polaris RZR XP Turbo

Polaris RZR XP Turbo
Polaris RZR XP Turbo

Our Polaris RZR XP Turbo was built by TMW Offroad and we have used it in many different terrains including dunes, rocks, desert and even snow. For this trip we ran 32-inch ITP Ultracross tires mounted up on a set of pre-production beadlocks from ITP.

Polaris RZR XP 1000 FOX Edition

Polaris RZR XP 1000 FOX Edition
Polaris RZR XP 1000 FOX

Our Polaris RZR XP 1000 FOX Edition has been in our fleet for over a year and this is its second trip to Rally on the Rocks (see  2015 Rally on the Rocks). This RZR had a SDR Motorsports cage, doors and bumper and we ran 32-inch MRT X-ROX tires mounted up on 14-inch OMF billet center beadlocks.

Tuesday – Hells Revenge

The 5+ rated Hell’s Revenge trail exposes great expanses of slick rock sandstone with slopes so steep you will wonder if your tires will have enough grip to climb the obstacles. These very steep climbs and descents are not that difficult, but also not for the faint of heart. The most extreme obstacles are Hell’s Gate, Hot Tubs and the Escalator can be bypassed.

Hells Gate
Hells Gate

Tip Over Challenge
Kawasaki Teryx onTip Over Challenge (see also 2016 Kawasaki Teryx Review)

ITP coming down the Escalator on Hells Revenge

Wednesday – Area BFE

AreaBFE is a 320 acre recreational park just a few miles south of Moab.  The land is privately owned, but open to the public.  Donations are accepted and help with maintenance (donation statue near the entry).

We took on the trail called Green Day and part of Strike Ravine.  Green Day has some tough obstacles, but most have bypasses.  Strike Ravine is easy but scenic and takes you on a nice loop through Area BFE.

There are also some cool obstacles right near the parking area that we played on.

Area BFE
RZR XP Turbo at Area BFE

Green Day at Area BFE
PRP Seats on Green Day Trail at Area BFE

Area BFE
SSV Works Playing at Area BFE

Thursday – Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks is an 8+ rated trail that offers some extreme obstacles, some with bypasses and others like White Knuckle Hill do not. Behind the Rocks is one of Moab’s most challenging trails, and not for the faint of heart. The trail starts just south of town on a dirt road. You aren’t very far into it when you are treated to Guardian Hill (or Gatekeeper), a very rocky, sandy and steep hill. If this hill gives you a lot of trouble then you should be prepared for a day filled with issues. It’s a good test to see how you’ll do on the rest of the trail.

Gatekeeper on Behind the Rocks
HCR Racing Climbing Gatekeeper on Behind the Rocks

At about 3.5 miles into the trail you’ll come to the next challenging obstacle. High Dive has a bypass, but many in our group chose to take it on. High Dive is a very steep and bumpy hill.

High Dive
Wildcat coming down High Dive

High Dive
Our FOX Edition RZR XP 1000 coming down High Dive

At the bottom of High Dive is Upchuck. Upchuck is a slick, steep hill with a significant crack in the middle that most successful climbs will straddle. Slipping into the crack can spell body damage or worse.

Up Chuck on Behind the Rocks
Wildcat Sport climbing Upchuck

More: Arctic Cat Media Ride on Behind the Rocks

Friday – Moab Rim & Cliff Hanger

Moab Rim trail ascends steeply tilted rock strata to the top of Moab Rim. The trails starts off with Devil’s Crack then it gets even more interested at the “Z” turn. Once at the top, the views are spectacular. There is even a cool sand hill to play on.

Moab Rim
Rugged Radios / Pit Side Containment on Devil’s Crack on Moab Rim

Assault Industries climbing Devil’s Crack on Moab Rim

Z-Turn on Moab Rim
MSA Wheels taking on the Z-Turn on Moab Rim

Overlook on Moab Rim
Overlook on Moab Rim

The 8 rated Cliff Hanger trail begins with stair step descent right off the road then crosses Kane Creek. Then the trail climbs up out of the creek with several challenging obstacles before hugging the cliff with Jackson Hole several hundred feet below. The trail is just under 5 miles long and ends with awesome panoramic views of the Colorado River and the La Sal Mountains.

Cliff Hanger Overlook
Overlook on Cliff Hanger

Cliff Hanger
Giving a tug to a broken friend up Cliff Hanger

Rally on 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.

Vendor Area:

Axia AlloysPRP SeatsAssault IndustriesHCR Racing

FOXRugged RadiosSuper ATVCamp Chef

Super ATVLazer Star LightsSedona Tires and WheelsHigh Lifter Products

Grand County Search & Rescue Polaris RZR XP4 1000:

Rally on the Rocks raffled off a Polaris RZR XP 1000 in order to fund the build on a new Polaris RZR XP4 1000 that was built for Grand County Search & Rescue.

Grand County Search & Rescue Polaris RZR XP4 1000:
Grand County Search & Rescue Polaris RZR XP4 1000

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