UTV RALLY ON THE ROCKS

— Joining the fun at Moab, Utah —

   Before the very first Rally on the Rocks, promoters questioned people about five possible rally locations, and the majority voted for Moab, Utah’s famous slick rocks. Moab is a worldwide vacation destination boasting awesome red-rock formations and vistas overlooking the Colorado River. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks draw millions to Moab, and the myriad of trails surrounding Moab have long been a favorite of 4×4 fans, long before there were UTVs. Moab hosts the Easter Jeep Safari for nine days in April (13–21) and the five-day Discount Tire Rally on the Rocks (ROTR).

The Moab Rally was chosen as the venue for introducing the all-new Honda Talon 1000X and 1000R to the general public. Yamaha and Roxor also had demo rides at the rally.
The 12th annual Rally on the Rocks (ROTR) drew more than 1000 people and 500 UTVs to Utah’s premier 4×4 destination—Moab. Besides breathtaking scenery and challenging obstacles for all skill levels, the ROTR provides plenty of fun and rally product specials off of the trails.

For the 12th annual ROTR, 12–15 daily guided rides left the Old Spanish Trail Arena, with 37 rides having trail sponsors that gave away product swag and prizes—as if breathtaking scenery and awesome views weren’t enough. Trails vary in difficulty with nine Easy ratings, five Moderate ratings and nine Difficult/Extreme ratings. Better yet, all but nine trails have police escorts from the arena to trailheads and back, so UTVs get to parade through town! Many local rental and tour-company employees volunteer to guide, sweep and spot for participants, making sure all have a great time on the trails. The rides challenge drivers and provide plenty of down time for making new friends. They also conclude with enough time left for fun at the rally headquarters. Many participants also do free rides up Moab Rim Trail in the evening to see the sunset and the city lights from above.

Many of the ride participants don’t have street-legal UTVs, so most rides get a police escort through town to the trailheads and back. It’s almost like several presidential motorcades, only with UTVs.
Ride guides do a great job of showcasing the scenery and filling people in on local history of the area. Fins & Things even has dinosaur tracks in the slick rock, and some have Native American petroglyphs.

MORE FUN AT THE SPANISH TRAIL

This year, Honda chose ROTR for its public unveiling of the new Talon 1000R and 1000X sport UTVs, offering demo rides. Can-Am, Yamaha, and Polaris were also trail sponsors and vendors. The 24,000 square-foot rodeo arena houses an indoor and extended outdoor vendor area, and many participants dry camp on the adjacent horse-racing track. Vendors show off their latest UTV products, and most have rally specials and product installation. Wednesday ends with an ice-cream social and product raffle, and Friday was the big catered dinner and main raffle with a flat-bed trailer full of UTV swag, T-shirts, hats, grab bags, and even cash prizes.

Several manufacturers had UTV displays, and Can-Am and Polaris had rally-related contests to own a brand-new 2019 UTV. Several tire manufacturers were on hand as well and donated sets of tires to the two raffles.
Guided rides are the lifeblood of the Discount Tire ROTR, and many of the volunteer guides operate tour companies in the area. They do a great job of getting everyone through obstacles and make sure all have a great time. This is the Day 1 guide briefing.

WHERE TO CAMP:

Dry camping available at Old Spanish

Trail Arena

OK RV Park

3310 Old Spanish Valley Dr.

Moab, Utah 84532

(435) 259-1400

www.okrvpark.com

Moab KOA

3225 S. Hwy 191

Moab, Utah 84532

(800) 562-0372, (435) 259-6682

www.koa.com/campgrounds/moab

Moab Rim RV & Cabins

1900 S. Hwy 191

Moab, Utah 84532

(888) 599-6622

www.moabrv.com

Canyonlands Campground (RV & Cabins)

555 S. Main St.

Moab, Utah 84532

(800) 522-6848

www.canyonlandsrv.com

ROTR CONTACTS:

www.rallyontherocks.com

[email protected]

Rally Headquarters

Old Spanish Trail Arena

3641 S. Hwy 191

Moab, UT 84532

Utah State Parks & Recreation

1594 W. North Temple, Suite 116

Moab, UT 84532

(800) OHV-RIDE

(801) 538-7433

www.stateparks.utah.gov/ohv

Moab Info Center

(435) 259-8825

UTV TOURS & RENTALS:

Moab Cowboy UTV Tours

97 S Main St.

Moab, UT 84532

(435) 220-0746

www.moabcowboy.com

[email protected]

Moab Tour Company

427 N. Main St.

Moab, UT 84532

(877) 725-7317

www.moabtourcompany.com

Highpoint Hummer & UTV Tours

281 N. Main St.

Moab, UT 84532

(877) 486- 6833

www.highpointhummer.com

Moab SxS Adventures

854 S. Main St.

Moab, UT 84532

(435) 210-4153

www.moabsidexside.com

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