SXS Adventure Rally at Sand Hollow State Park

Moab’s Rally on the Rocks is the largest UTV jamboree in the west, and the promoters were looking for a venue for a late fall jamboree that would also satisfy the rock-crawling itch. Sand Hollow State Park has a great combination of red-rock formations, dunes and open desert, and it’s also the new home of the World Off-Road Racing Championship Series (WORCS). So, ROTR promoter Lanse Churnos teamed up with WORCS promoter Sean Reddish to put on the first annual SxS Adventure Rally, a three-day UTV jamboree in southwestern Utah.

Agent Orange, a High Lifter Edition XP 1000 converted into a rock crawler, drops off of Top of the World onto a 500foot dune face. Guides also spotted in the dunes so drivers could jump safely.
Agent Orange, a High Lifter Edition XP 1000 converted into a rock crawler, drops off of Top of the World onto a 500foot dune face. Guides also spotted in the dunes so drivers could jump safely.

Located south of Zion National Park, Sand Hollow State Park is one of the most scenic OHV areas in the country, and it’s the site of the Tri-State ATV Jamboree each March. Opened in 2003 as an official Utah state park, Sand Hollow is 15,000 acres of red sand dunes, sand washes, open desert and red sandstone formations, and there is also a large reservoir with beach camping adjacent to the Sand Pit Campground with 31 campsites.

Ride guides spot for participants in gnarlier sections and direct the faint-hearted to alternate bypass routes. Rock trails get paint-blaze course markings, or simply follow the rubber stripes.
Ride guides spot for participants in gnarlier sections and direct the faint-hearted to alternate bypass routes. Rock trails get paint-blaze course markings, or simply follow the rubber stripes.

LIKE AN OHV NATIONAL PARK
Locals are continually scouting new trails in Sand Hollow’s red-rock formations, and the SxS Adventure Rally had 15 guided rides each day, with 11 leaving from rally headquarters, which serves as the starting line for WORCS UTV, ATV and dirt bike races. Five rides are ranked Difficult: The Maze, Smurfette/Double Sammy, Sliplock/Johns Trail, Plan B and the Ledges. Four rides are Moderate: Upper West Rim, Milts Mile/Double Sammy, Fault Line/Lower West Rim and Toquerville Flats. Six rides are Easy: Leeds, Dinosaur Track, West Side, Gunlock, Utah Hill and Top of the Word Loop. We did Upper West Rim and the Maze, and the view from the escarpment overlooking Washington Valley and St. George was spectacular. On most of the more difficult rides, there are bypass routes for the hardest obstacles, and rally guides spot for ride participants and do a great job of leading and chasing each ride so that everyone has a good time and gets home safely.

Several Sand Hollow trails wind along a red-rock escarpment overlooking Washington Valley, providing breath-taking views. This is Upper West Rim Trail.
Several Sand Hollow trails wind along a red-rock escarpment overlooking Washington Valley, providing breath-taking views. This is Upper West Rim Trail.

DEMO RIDES AND SPONSOR/VENDOR SWAG
Rally vendors set up on Wednesday, and the $110 entry fee ($120 on-site) for the three-day adventure includes a T-shirt and hot breakfasts on Thursday and Friday cooked by the crew on Camp Chef propane grills. With full bellies, adventurers line up in the sand for daily rides and depart for challenging trails and majestic scenery. There is also open riding each day after guided rides return to base camp, and a raffle was held Friday evening with product swag from CST Tires, Discount Tire, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, HCR Racing, DWT, Maxxis, Ruthless Motorsports, Desert Bling, Method Race Wheels, Raceline Wheels, MIG Trailers, Z-Broz Racing, Ryfab, Rent Utah Toyz.com, Daystar and Camp Chef. Saturday’s breakfast was continental, because all three Camp Chef BBQ grills were raffled off on Friday, and there was a BBQ dinner Friday and Saturday during the raffles. And, throughout all three days, attendees got to demo-drive Can-Am, Polaris and Yamaha UTVs.

Rally entry fees included three breakfasts and one dinner, and the SxS Adventure Rally crew did the cooking.
Rally entry fees included three breakfasts and one dinner, and the SxS Adventure Rally crew did the cooking.

Although the SxS Adventure Rally crew doesn’t rent UTVs for the rally, there are local rental companies that do, so people can fly into Saint George, rent vehicles and lodging, and experience all Sand Hollow State Park and the SxS Adventure Rally have to offer. Plan ahead, as the 2016 SxS Adventure Rally will be held November 10–12.

Lunch on the trail tasted better than usual, with the crisp autumn air made fresher by a pre-rally rainstorm that kept the dust down on desert sections.
Lunch on the trail tasted better than usual, with the crisp autumn air made fresher by a pre-rally rainstorm that kept the dust down on desert sections.
The first-annual SxS Adventure Rally drew some 350 participants, which is really good for an all-new event, and Sand Hollow State Park hosted the dune, desert and rock rides. Being a dune system and state OHV park, SHSP requires safety flags and OHV registration stickers.
The first-annual SxS Adventure Rally drew some 350 participants, which is really good for an all-new event, and Sand Hollow State Park hosted the dune, desert and rock rides. Being a dune system and state OHV park, SHSP requires safety flags and OHV registration stickers.

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CONTACT:
SHSP Visitor Center
3351 Sand Hollow Road Hurricane, UT 84737
(435) 680-0715

SxS Adventure Rally
(435) 215-9679
[email protected]
www.sxsadventurerally.com

ATV/UTV RENTALS/TOURS
ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours: (888) 656-2887
Ideal Sports of Southern Utah: (801) 718-9156
Red Desert Motorsports: (435) 674-2091
Southern Utah Adventure Center: (435) 635-0907
UT Power Toys: (435) 767-1869
UTV Adventure Tours: (435) 3134040

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