Watch any motorsports coverage on Fox Sports, and you’ll see commercials about “Utah, the State of Sport.” In fact, former Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. is an avid OHV fan, and “The State of Sport” is a much better advertising campaign than “The Wonderful World of Erosion.” Of the 48 continental states, Utah ranks as one of the most beautiful with five National Parks (only California and Alaska have more) plus the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the Utah-Arizona border. Millions of years of wind, water and ice erosion created awesome rock formations throughout the state, and two of Utah’s most beautiful Parks, Canyonlands and Arches, surround Moab.

Come check out eastern Utah’s awesome red-rock formations at the 13th annual ROTR sponsored by Kawasaki.

Located in eastern Utah, Moab was chosen over four other possible sites for the first UTV jamboree that has become known as the Rally on the Rocks (ROTR).  Not only is the scenery gorgeous, the area is blessed with a trail network featuring desert chaparral, forests, sandstone monolith, loose rocks, sand washes and even dunes.

Utah’s love of OHV recreation is at the top of the list of states, and lists eight major ATV and UTV jamborees each year. The ROTR isn’t on that list, but it should be, because the ROTR is on the verge of surpassing the premiere Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree in attendance and manufacturer support.

Numerous vendors have rally specials, installation and even product demo rides.

With Covid forcing the cancellation of the 2020 Rally on the Rocks (ROTR), promoters rescheduled the 13th annual ROTR for May 11-15, 2021. Rally headquarters moves from the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Grand County south to the Moab Offroad Compound in San Juan County, due to a conflict with Grand County. As a result, there will be no police escorts of guided rides through Moab to trailheads; all rides will start after trailering to trailheads.

Rides are guided by experienced local guides; Kent “Moab Cowboy” Green was voted Guide of the Year in 2012.

Kawasaki sponsors 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 sponsor trail rides and donated sets of tires for raffles. Sponsor and vendors include Kawasaki, Can-Am, Yamaha, Polaris, 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, Tral Armore, SLP, Audiofromz, 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, and more.

Can-Am, Kawasaki, Polaris and Yamaha will have large displays and even demo rides.

The ROTR is a four-day jamboree with daily guided ride check-in at 9:30 and trailering to trailheads at 10:00, vendor row (2-8pm), a Wednesday spaghetti dinner and raffle, Thursday’s dinner is Yamaha Taco night (free to the first 300 people) and swag raffle, a Friday night BBQ dinner ($15), and the Grand Raffle and Kawasaki KRF1000 Raffle for Charity is also Friday night. Saturday is the last day of guided rides and vendor take-down.


For 2021, all guided trail rides are held in San Juan County south of Moab, and rides are Kane Creek, Hook-N-Ladder, Picture Frame Arch, Behind the Rocks (10AM 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 will 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.

Street-legal UTVs can drive to trailheads from the headquarters at the Moab Offroad Compound, but all others must trailer.

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 terra-cotta warrior foundations, and plenty of rocks, and this year it was run backwards.

Kane Creek has 60 water crossings through beautiful canyon.

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.


Street-legal UTVs can drive to trailheads; in Utah, street legal means registered with insurance, blinkers, horn, and side-view mirrors. For states that don’t register UTVs for the street, here is the link to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division that allows you to get an on-road registration for $7.00;  Also, Moab city Police have unmarked pickups and squad cars and will be on the lookout for loud mufflers, UTVs without side mirrors, and speeders. Those UTVs that are legal can travel to rides within Moab such as Hell’s Revenge, Fins-n-Things, Steel Bender, Moab Rim and Cliffhanger.

Go to to register and sign up for trail rides, as online registration is still open with pricing $35 per person per day for driver and first passenger, and discounts for third and fourth passengers. Dinners, T-shirts, Flags ($15 each), and Hoodies ($25) are optional and additional. Children 11 and under are free. While ROTR doesn’t have UTV rentals, there are plenty in rental/adventure tour companies in town.


Moab Offroad Compound

11856 US-191

Moab, Utah 84532

[email protected]

[email protected]

Utah State Parks & Recreation

1594 W. North Temple, Suite 116

Moab, UT 84532

(800) OHV-RIDE

(801) 538-7433

Moab Info Center (435) 259-8825


OK RV Park

3310 Old Spanish Valley Dr.

Moab, Utah 84532

(435) 259-1400

Moab KOA

3225 S. Hwy 191

Moab, Utah 84532

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

Moab Rim RV & Cabins

1900 S. Hwy 191

Moab, Utah 84532

(888) 599-6622

Canyonlands Campground (RV & Cabins)

555 S. Main St.

Moab, Utah 84532

(800) 522-6848


Moab Cowboy Offroad Adventures

97 S Main St.

Moab, UT 84532

(435) 220-0746

[email protected]

Kanyon ATV

523 N. Main St.

Panguitch, UT 84759


(ATV/UTV rentals)

Moab Adventure Center

225 S. Main St.

Moab, UT 84532


(UTV/ATV rentals, tours)

Highpoint Hummer Tours

281 N. Main St.

Moab, UT 84532

(877)486- 6833

(ATV/UTV tours, rentals)

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