RALLY ON THE ROCKS

RALLY ON THE ROCKS

With COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of the 2020 Rally on the Rocks (ROTR), promoters rescheduled the 10th annual ROTR for May 11–15, 2021. Rally headquarters moved from the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Grand County south to the Moab Off-Road Compound in San Juan County due to a conflict with Grand County. As a result, there were no police escorts of guided rides through Moab to trailheads; all rides would start after trailering to trailheads.

Kawasaki sponsored the ROTR and donated a Teryx KRX1000 to raffle off, with all proceeds going to local charities. GBC Tires, System-3 Off-Road, ITP Tires and EFX Tires all sponsored trail rides and donated sets of tires for raffles. Sponsors and vendors included Kawasaki, Can-Am, Yamaha, Polaris, Warn Industries, Factor 55, Task, Simpson, Camp Chef, RazorBack Off-road, HCR/HCT/Daystar, Fuel Off-road, KWT Filters, Ride Now Powersports, American Rock Rods, PCI Race Radios, PRP Seats, D&P Performance, Raceline Wheels, Dynojet, MTX Audio, Pro Armor, Axia Alloys, MSA/EFX, Maxxis, Gates/G-Force, KMC-XD, RCV Performance, Z-Broz Racing, Trail Armor, SLP, Audioformz, Rugged Radios, STI, ITP, Walker Evans Racing, KFI Products, Assault Industries, Method, Tensor Tire, SSV Works, XTC Power Products, Sedona, Bombshell, RCR Performance, SuperATV, DragonFire Racing, GBC, Rockford Fosgate, EZ LYNK, R1 Industries, Revolution Off-Road, TASK Trailers, ToyUp Industries, and more.

Kawasaki showed off the new Teryx KRX 1000 eS with demo rides, and Polaris also had several RZRs, Rangers and Generals for daily demo rides.
The 13th annual Rally on the Rocks was held a year late, but Kawasaki came on board as title sponsor and had a special VIP ride with seven-time Supercross champion and Kawasaki brand spokesman Jeremy McGrath. Here, McGrath downslopes High Dive on a Behind the Rocks guided trail ride.

The ROTR was a four-day jamboree with daily guided rides, with check-in at 9:30 a.m. and trailering to trailheads at 10; vendor row (2–8 p.m.); a Wednesday spaghetti dinner and raffle; Thursday’s dinner was Yamaha taco night (free to the first 300 people) and swag raffle; a Friday night BBQ dinner ($15); and the grand raffle and Kawasaki KRX1000 raffle for charity was also Friday night. Saturday was the last day of guided rides and vendor take-down.

“Showtime” Jeremy McGrath picked the winning raffle ticket for the 2021 Teryx KRX 1000 grand prize, and Mike Peters of Grand Junction, Colorado, had the winning $100 ticket. Proceeds went to San Juan County charities.
Vendors showed off their latest builds and products behind the MOC and Dixie 4-Wheel Drive buildings.

GUIDED RIDE TRAIL OPTIONS

For 2021, all guided trail rides were held in San Juan County south of Moab, and rides were Kane Creek, Hook-N-Ladder, Picture Frame Arch, Behind the Rocks (10 a.m. and noon departures), Flat Iron Mesa, Strike Ravine, Minor Threat/Area BFE, and Green Day/Area BFE. Kane Creek has a 7 rating with 60 water crossings, and it was run backwards this year. Hook-N-Ladder is a moderate 4 and is part of the beautiful and fun Cameo Cliff OHV Area, and it ends at the awesome overlook of Wilson Arch.

The event site was moved to the Moab Off-Road Center, which was rally headquarters for the vendor area, nightly dinner and raffle area and more.
Can-Am and GBC sponsored the spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, Yamaha and Maxxis sponsored Thursday-night tacos, and Friday was barbecue pork, tri-tip and chicken before the grand raffle.
Vendors donated a mountain of swag, including seven sets of tires, and many also kicked in cash and gift certificates. Kids got McGrath Maxxis matchbox trucks and more.

Picture Frame Arch is an easy 3 and offers much of the same scenery as Behind the Rocks does, but with much less potential for vehicle damage. It has two impressive rock arches and a great overlook of Kane Creek Canyon. Our favorite, Behind the Rocks (8+), has gnarly descents and climbs, sand-bowl turns below terracotta-warrior foundations and plenty of rocks.

Flat Iron Mesa (6) has multiple challenges, including Easter Egg Rock and its cliff section, Tilt-a-Whirl, numerous rocky ledges, and Hatch Canyon. Strike Ravine (6) has rocky creek bottoms, Big Ugly Hill with loose rocks, many ledges, and steep rock steps, along with great views of the La Sal Mountains. Minor Threat (4-8) is in Area BFE Ultra4 heaven, but there are many bypasses for the gnarliest 10+ obstacles. The same goes for Green Day.

Nine guided rides were conducted each of the four days, and Behind the Rocks got two rides daily. It has all kinds of terrain and spectacular scenery.

CONTACTS:

Moab Off-Road Compound

11856 US-191

Moab, Utah 84532

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