Journey the trails at Rally on the Rocks

Rally on the Rocks participants preparing to go on the trail in Kane Creek Canyon. [Photo courtesy of Rally on the Rocks]

Zipping over off-road trails from Tuesday, May 14, through Saturday, May 18, UTV and side-by-side enthusiasts from all over the country will be participating at Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks.

This event, like in the years prior, will be gathering at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3461 S. U.S. Highway 191 before heading off onto trails such as Poison Spider Mesa, Chicken Corners, Steel Bender and Gold Bar Rim.

Over 70 vendors from the off-roading industry will be available at the arena to answer all of your off-road questions between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sean Reddish is the founder of WORCS Racing and a co-organizer of Rally on the Rocks.

“It’s a safe, epic adventure through Moab’s backcountry while being led by the best trail guides in the world,” Reddish said.

At the beginning of open registration, there were almost 20 trails available, but the number of trails has decreased with early registration. There are still some trails available and you can sign up in the morning at the arena, but the earlier the better. Registration begins on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m.

On Thursday, registration is open from 8 to 11 a.m. and again from 2 to 7 p.m. Registration hours are the same on Friday morning, but only extend from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Registration on Saturday is in the morning only from 8 to 10 a.m.

Rally on the Rocks (ROTR) has grown consecutively in the decade or so since it has been in Moab and has become one of the top contributors to Moab’s off-road economy, second to Jeep Safari. According to Sean Reddish, this year’s event has over 500 unique UTVs registered and more are expected to sign up during the event at the Old Spanish Trail Arena.

If you have never been on a side-by-side off-road adventure, ROTR prides itself on catering to people of all ages and trail tolerance, from mild to wild.

Families of all ages head out onto the trials for an adventure they will never forget. Children 11 and under are free to attend ROTR. Otherwise, the cost to participate is $35 per person each day, with the third and fourth passengers receiving a discounted price. ROTR does not offer UTV rentals, but the organizers encourage people who want to participate to rent a side-by-side from one of the many companies in Moab specializing in the industry.

If during your adventure you find yourself thinking, “There’s no way I’m going to make it straight up that trail!” there will be expert guides to lead you through the tough spots.

Whether your idea of fun is driving on a trail with no incline humming Vivaldi’s “Spring” while enjoying the fresh air, or roaring up an incline on Hell’s Revenge singing AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” ROTR may be the event for you.

If you have been thinking about whether or not you would like to own a side-by-side, there will be hands-on assistance from vendors who sell off-road vehicles and an area in the arena will be designated for test driving UTVs.

“It is a great place to come see and test all the newest side-by-side gear and machines from all the OEM brands,” Reddish said.

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